Dr Ken Silburn in Top 50 for Global Teacher Prize 2017
9 January 2017
Dr Ken Silburn, the 2015 recipient of the Prime Minister’s Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching in Secondary Schools, has made it into the top 50 finalists for the Varkey Foundation’s ‘Global Teacher Prize’ in 2017.
The prize is presented annually to an exceptional teacher who makes an outstanding contribution to their profession, with the winner receiving US$1 million. Out of 20 000 nominations, reaching the top 50 is an impressive achievement.
Ken’s teaching method involves channelling the interests of his students and revolves around iSTEM (invigorating Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). His lessons include visits to some of Australia’s most exciting research infrastructure such as ANSTO and the Sydney Observatory, and his students are given the opportunity to join Space Camp, based at the US Space Academy.
Ken’s passion for teaching focusses on helping those from disadvantaged backgrounds, as seen in his long involvement in the Regional Science Teachers Association. He has also participated in NASA’s India Spaceward Bound Program and the National Institute for Open Schooling; an initiative aimed at universal and flexible access to education in India.
“Science is a buzz,” says Ken “it’s always changing and it’s always enjoyable. I feel as though I’m being paid for something that is my hobby.”
Ken’s success and recognition is a great example of what passionate science teachers can achieve, both through their students and through prestigious prizes like the Global Teacher Prize.
You can learn more about Ken Silburn and the PM’s prizes for Science.