John Curtin College teacher Nathan Curnow broadens horizons


John Curtin College of the Arts teacher Nathan Curnow.
John Curtin College of the Arts teacher Nathan Curnow.

THE United States might be half a world away , but for John Curtin College of the Arts teacher Nathan Curnow, science is the same everywhere.

Mr Curnow was the only Australian selected for an international travel scholarship that would allow him to join others discussing the best ways to teach science at the 2016 National Science Teaching Association National Conference in Tennessee.

During last week’s trip, he not only visited American high schools to experience their science classes, but also presented on Science Goes Global: The Next Generation.

He said the opportunity to share ideas with colleagues from around the world was great.

“I applied as I wanted to gain inspiration from others outside of Australia with respect to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM),” he said.

“Engagement in STEM is critical to producing engaged citizens who are suitably equipped to meet future challenges.

“I’m looking to share what I learn through a number of different professional learning opportunities, not just within John Curtin College of the Arts but also beyond.”

Mr Curnow was also selected for the STEM X Academy earlier this year, an Australian Science Teachers Association residential program in Canberra.