As well as telescopes, Wajarri country is also home to some of the oldest rocks on the planet. These rocks have long been studied by geologists, including researchers from Curtin.
This local science all came together when students from the Pia Wadjarri community travelled eight hours to Perth for a week of exploration.
During their trip, students joined in activities at Curtin and CSIRO sites to discover the wonderful science around them. They also visited the WA Museum Boola Bardip and the Perth science museum Scitech. They even designed, built and launched some water rockets!
Inspiring science, no matter where you are
We’ve had a long positive relationship with the Wajarri people, who are the Traditional Owners and native title holders of the MRO site.
Our researchers visit the Pia Wadjarri school every year, and the Pia Wadjarri students take a special annual excursion to the MRO. There they visit the telescopes and explore firsthand the technology on their Country.
Our astronomer Dr Laura Driessen visited the students a few weeks before the Perth trip.
“I loved visiting the kids at school and showing them the telescopes we use to explore the Universe,” Laura said.
“However, this is the first time the students have visited us in Perth.
“Equally important, in Perth I showed the students where I work and gave them a glimpse of what my day-to-day work is like,” she said.
High speed connection from Wajarri Country to Perth