STELR would like to congratulate Dr Ken Silburn who has been shortlisted as one of the 10 finalists in the international Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize. The prize was first awarded in 2015 after being set up by the Varkey Foundation with an aim of shining a spotlight on the great work of and changing the way the world looks at teachers. The prize is valued at $US1 million and the winner will be announced on 19 March at the Global Education Skills Conference in Dubai.
Ken will be travelling to Dubai via India and he is taking STELR equipment to the Pitts Modern School in Gomia, India. Gomia is in the north-eastern state of Jharkhand and is the site of Orica’s India Explosives Limited factory.
The Pitts Modern School received STELR Renewable Energy Kits in 2015 with assistance from STELR principal sponsor, Orica. A teacher from the school Mr S. D. Prasad also received STELR professional learning when he travelled to the Philippines in 2015. Ken will be delivering STELR solar cars and other equipment for the school as well as working with teachers and students on STEM activities over two days.
Ken is the Head Teacher Science at Casula High School in NSW, which has been a STELR school since 2013. He is also president of the Metropolitan South West Science Teachers Association (LAZSTA), coordinator and founder of the iSTEM project and a member of the Mars One Advisory Board. He won the 2015 Prime Minister’s Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching in Secondary Schools.