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SCHOOL PROGRAM: Deadly Science (Years 5 to 8) // Delivered by Corey Tutt

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DEADLY SCIENCE // Delivered by Corey Tutt

DATE:    Thursday 7 March 2024
TIME:    10.15am to 11.15am
VENUE: Cairns City Library, Abbott Street, Cairns
PRICE:  $12

-- Please note: These sessions are only for students enrolled in Cairns and Far North Queensland schools --
-- Please contact your school to secure your spot-- 

In this session, we take a look at the ingenious engineering techniques that First Nations people have been practicing for thousands of years. We look at the mechanics of the indigenous-designed fish traps, a complex network of river stones arranged to form ponds and channels that catch fish as they travel downstream. The fish traps reflect an ancient genius in the simplicity of their design, which was adaptable to the seasons and changing water levels. The students will also participate in an experiment using a microscope that everyone will get excited about, highlighting the field and work of young Indigenous astronomer Kystal de Napoli. Krystal’s work includes using the night sky to inform us about our seasons, and finding planets around other stars. With some stories and interactive activities, you will learn with Corey and Vince about some of the amazing work done by Indigenous astronomers like Krystal. And Finally, we will have a fun game of “Spot the difference” … with a difference. For those budding scientists, and those interested in the marvels of the natural world, this session is not to be missed!

ABOUT COREY TUTT: Corey is a Kamilaroi man from Nowra, NSW, and a STEM champion for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. As a young person, he developed a love of STEM subjects but found little encouragement for Aboriginal people to pursue careers in STEM. In 2018, Corey founded DeadlyScience, a not-for-profit organisation that provides STEM resources to remote schools in Australia and connects young Indigenous people with STEM professionals. In 2020, Corey was named the NSW Young Australian of the Year and a Human Rights Hero by the Australian Human Rights Commission. In 2021, he received an Australian Museum Eureka Prize and in 2022 a medal of the Order of Australia for service to Indigenous STEM education. This year Corey Tutt has been appointed an Adjunct Associate Professor of the School of Science at Western Sydney University. Corey edits the “DeadlyScience” Australian Geographic series and has authored two books. The highly awarded “The First Scientists”, followed by “This Book Thinks Ya Deadly.” Corey takes pride in championing First Nations STEM knowledge and building the future generations of the First Scientists.

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