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Richard's Worldwide research journey

Richard Baranski accepting Churchill Fellowship scolarship. 

TAFE NSW Business and Education Head Teacher Richard Baranski will undertake a life-changing exploration journey across the world in 2018, researching exciting new ways to successfully implement robotics into Australian educational programs.

Mr Baranski, who is based in Narrabri and has been a TAFE NSW teacher in Moree, Tamworth and Narrabri for more than two decades, was presented with this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity after being one of only 109 Australians successful in applying for a Winston Churchill Memorial Fellowship.

“As a part of this fellowship, I will be travelling to America, the United Kingdom, Denmark, China, Japan, South Korea and Singapore, conducting international research about different applications of EV3 robots in educational programs,” Mr Baranski said.

“I’m very excited about it. I hope this additional international experience will enable me to modify, expand and optimise the implementation of EV3 robots into Australian educational programs at the primary, secondary and tertiary levels of education.”

The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust was established in 1965 to honour the memory of Sir Winston Churchill, and fulfil his wish to offer people from all walks of life, the opportunity to travel overseas to gain new knowledge and insights that can be practically applied in Australia to positively impact communities and society at large.

“I was hoping and dreaming that I would receive this fellowship,” Mr Baranski said. “To be successful you need to present a unique idea and demonstrate its value and pass very tough and demanding interviews.

“To be able to successfully demonstrate this concept/idea will be beneficial for Australia and it will actually make a positive change in this field was very pleasing and I can’t wait to go overseas and learn as much as possible.”

Mr Baranski will set off on his journey in April next year. For more information about the Winston Churchill Memorial Fellowship visit https://www.churchilltrust.com.au/