Bunbury students learn from the stars

Bunbury Catholic College Year 12 student James Te and senior science teacher Annabel Kanakis look at the stars with Dr Brad Tucker.
Bunbury Catholic College Year 12 student James Te and senior science teacher Annabel Kanakis look at the stars with Dr Brad Tucker.

"I feel certain that these students will be inspired to pursue studies in science, maths and English."

Annabel Kanakis

ABOUT 300 people descended on Bunbury Catholic College earlier this month for a public talk and stargazing session with astrophysicist and cosmologist Dr Brad Tucker.

Dr Tucker, who is a researcher at Australian National University in Canberra, was in Bunbury following an invitation by the College's senior science teacher Annabel Kanakis after the pair met earlier this year at the STEM X Academy.

"It was a fantastic afternoon and evening with Dr Brad Tucker and his PhD student who gave inspirational and incredibly interesting talks about the exploration of space, black holes, space junk and missions to Mars," Ms Kanakis said.

"Many of our students took the time to speak to Brad and Ryan after the presentation and during the stargazing event on Albert Oval in the evening.

"I feel certain that these students will be inspired to pursue studies in science, maths and English, as recommended by Brad, in order to take up careers in astrophysics or related areas, thus one of the main purposes of organising events like this has been achieved."