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Dr. Ken Silburn (Australia)

Dr. Ken Silburn (Australia)

Dr. Ken Silburn is an internationally renowned science educator and communicator based in Sydney, Australia. He is the Head Teacher Science at Casula High School in Sydney Australia, a Director of the Australian Mars Society, President of LAZSTA (Metropolitan South West Science Teachers Association), Coordinator and founder of the iSTEM (Invigorating Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) project delivering science enrichment programs for high school science students.

He is passionate in ensuring that students of today are able to fully integrate with the skills required for 21st Century learning. 

Ken received his doctorate in Educational Technology from the University of Wollongong. He is a graduate and ambassador of the Honeywell US Advanced Space Academy for Educators Program. Ken’s participation in space related activities are not recent. He has participated in numerous NASA activities including NASA Spaceward Bound Expeditions to the Mojave Desert USA, the Pilbara and Arkaroola expeditions in Australia. He is currently part of the education team selected for the 2016 expedition to the Ladakh Region in India.

Ken’s commitment, enthusiasm and skills as a science educator has been recognised by several agencies. He was the recipient of the 2013 NSW State Award for Innovation in Science Teaching, the 2014 NSW Australian Academy of Physics Award for Community Outreach. In 2015 he was the recipient of the prestigious Prime Minister’s Science Prize for Excellence In Secondary Science Teaching.

“When our children are young, they thrive for information about themselves and their environment. They quest for information about dinosaurs, space travel and explosions. Well the dinosaurs are all dead, and there is a limit on how explosive you can be in a school environment. But the prospect and excitement of space travel is endless.”

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