One of the world’s best


Rostrata Primary School science teacher Richard Johnson has been nominated for a global award.
Rostrata Primary School science teacher Richard Johnson has been nominated for a global award.

Mr Johnson, a 30-year teaching veteran, was named one of the world’s 50 best science teachers, and shortlisted for the Global Teacher Prize.

For 10 years Mr Johnson has been leading engaging science lessons as part of the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) program at Rostrata.

“In my class, students are tasked with problem solving using some of the most amazing technologies in the world,” Mr Johnson said.

“We do robotics, 3D printing and use 3D Pens, which allow you to draw spectacular three-dimensional illustrations.

“We are currently building an augmented sandbox so students can see the topography of shapes they make in sand.”

Mr Johnson is one of two Australians nominated for the award, considered the world’s most prestigious in education, and he will be up against educators from 29 countries including Argentina, Brazil, Canada, India and Pakistan.

The Global teacher prize winner will be announced at the Global Education and Skills Forum in Dubai in March.

Last week the Federal Government committed $6 million to the development of a STEM-focused app for pre-school aged children Australia-wide.

Based on an Early Learning Languages Australia application trial that helped more than 1700 children learn a second language, the app seeks to inspire curiosity and enthusiasm in science-related fields.

In Australia, 75 per cent of the fastest-growing industries require STEM-related skills.