A great opportunity

Prestigious Winston Churchill Memorial Fellowship goes to Narrabri Tafe teacher Richard Baranski

Richard Baranski at Narrabri Tafe with some of his younger students’ robotic creations.

Today - Narrabri, tomorrow - the world.

That's the scenario for Richard Baranski after the Narrabri Tafe business and education head teacher was recently awarded a Winston Churchill Memorial Fellowship.

The fellowship will allow him to travel to various locations around the world, probably in April next year, to gain a first-hand look at cutting-edge robotics education.

His itinerary takes in seven countries - the US, UK, Denmark, Japan, South Korea, China and Singapore.

Mr Baranski hopes to bring back that knowledge and help improve programs both in Narrabri and throughout Australia.

"Usage of robots [in education] is growing, but in a sporadic way," Mr Baranski said.

"The purpose of this project is to identify places where they do really outstanding work and to bring this experience to set up a program where students start using these robots at primary school level, go on to high school level and then go on to university. That will give students a smooth transition from primary school to university so they will be well prepared."

He also hoped to avoid one of the pitfalls of learning about technology, especially in the early days of computers, by standardising on the type of robot used. In this case, it is the EV3.

"When computers were first introduced to schools they were all different technologies incompatible with each other," he said.