In Class With… Skye Blackburn-Lang

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Skye Blackburn-Lang always wanted to be an entomologist, in this exclusive In Class With… episode Skye takes on questions from school students around Australia and explains how she became Australia’s first farmer of insect protein.


Answering questions about her passion for insect farming, her life-long fascination with bugs and insects, and her various paths to building a STEM business, Skye Blackburn-Lang (aka the Edible Bug Lady) joins us for In Class With… hoping to inspire students to follow their interests just as she has done.


For students exploring sustainability, the environment, and STEM themed business and entrepreneurship ideas this In Class With… episode will deepen their understanding of sustainable food production, insect farming, and locally grown business opportunities.

In Class With… Sky Blackburn-Lang

Video Length: 13:36 mins  This video is part of our In Class With… series. See more in the series HERE.

Meet Skye:

Skye Blackburn-Lang always wanted to be an entomologist…

As a child, Skye was fascinated with all living creatures, especially the spiders, butterflies, and other insects in the bushland she grew up nearby.  Her unusual childhood pets included ‘Fluffy’ the tarantula and ‘Woodstock’ a giant burrowing roach that blows kisses.  By the age of four, Skye knew she wanted to be an entomologist.

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Where did Skye get inspiration…

Following her passion, Skye studied bug science (entomology) as well as food science at university (something which at the time, seemed like a strange mix of professions).  However, by combining the two, along with her entrepreneurial talent and dedication to sustainable food production, she designed a range of edible insect products that are safe to eat and taste great!

Skye’s company Circle Harvest was Australia’s first farmer of insect proteins and is a world leader in edible insect farming techniques.  As Australia’s largest and most advanced insect protein farm, they have even developed robotics and artificial intelligence to streamline their insect farming processes.

Skye, and her trailblazing team, teach people that insects are an eco-friendly and delicious, alternative protein.  Skye feels that by educating people about the way that edible insects can be farmed, she can help reduce some of the misconceptions about eating bugs.

Most of all, Skye loves inspiring the next generation to follow their passion to achieve their career dreams, like she has.

Enter the draw to receive a copy of Skye’s Aussie STEM Stars book for your classroom or school.

To find out more about Skye and her amazing adventures, explore her Aussie STEM Stars book published by Wild Dingo Press.

Your classroom or school can enter the draw to receive 1 of 10 giveaway copies.

Have your students tell us in 80 -100 words why the would like to learn more about Skye’s journey.

Submit Entry via email to [email protected] – include School Name; Teacher Name; Year Level; Subject Area; School Address

Hear more from Skye about sustainable food production in this COSMOS Briefing episode.

COSMOS Briefing: Eating bugs – is insect protein the way to a sustainable future?

Entomologist and food scientist Skye Blackburn-Lang tells us why we should consider adding insects to our diet.
This video resource will support learning connected with food sustainability, food security and the environment, including Year 9 and Biological Sciences topics, STEM in Action/Science as a Human Endeavour  and the Sustainability cross-curricular priority.

Aussie STEM Stars Book Series & Teacher Resource

You can explore or purchase a copy of Skye’s Aussie STEM Stars book HERE.

The accompanying teacher resource allows you to guide students on a deeper exploration of Skye’s journey and how she became a STEM superstar.

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This resource is supported by the Wild Dingo Press, Aussie STEM Stars Series.

  • This video is part of our In Class With… series. Explore all episodes HERE.
  • Your students can ask questions to inspiring STEM personalities via our In Class With… events!

Stay tuned at In Class With… to find out more about past and future episodes, and get ready to submit questions.