Scientific mind to discuss how fiction became reality

Callum HunterSouth Western Times
Kian Stapleton, Year 8, Daniel Vaughan, Year 11, Camden Rodwell, Year 8, and science teacher Annabel Kanakis remember why stargazing is done at night.
Camera IconKian Stapleton, Year 8, Daniel Vaughan, Year 11, Camden Rodwell, Year 8, and science teacher Annabel Kanakis remember why stargazing is done at night. Credit: Callum Hunter

Bunbury Catholic College’s Marist campus will be graced this week by the presence of one of Australia’s greatest scientific minds.

Astrophysicist and cosmologist Dr Brad Tucker will be hosting a free community talk, discussing some of the discoveries made in the universe and how what was once thought of as science fiction has become reality.

Senior science teacher Annabel Kanakis was responsible securing Dr Tucker’s appearance at the school and said she met him during her time at the STEM X Academy.

“One of the workshops was at Mt Stromlo where I finally got to meet him, I had heard him speak at various other conferences,” she said.

“I realised he was planning an outreach tour of Australia so I emailed him and he said he would be prepared to come to Bunbury when he was in WA.”

At the conclusion of the talk, attendees will be invited outside onto Albert Oval for a two-hour stargazing session with hospitality students from both the Marist and Mercy campus set to prepare and serve tea, coffee and slice.

Year 11 physics student Daniel Vaughan said it would be interesting to see a ground breaking professional talk about their area of expertise and that it would be a good experience for STEM students and fans.

“To be able to talk with someone who has studied space for so long is exciting,” Year 8 science student Kian Stapleton said.

While the event is free, those planning to attend must register interest via eventbrite.com.au.

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