An innovative and talented teacher from Leicestershire was awarded the title of ‘Teacher of the year 2015’ by HRH the Duke of York at a very special ceremony at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday 4th November. Daljit Kaur, a Computing Teacher at Loughborough Grammar School was nominated for the award by her students. During the course of the year, TeenTech judges in collaboration with the Awarding Body, OCR, shortlisted her for the highly prestigious national award and in June she was announced as the overall winner.
Daljit Kaur won her coveted place in the TeenTech Awards finals through her sheer dedication and determination to bring STEM based innovation and creativity to the classroom. She has worked passionately for a number of years to create an environment whereby her students can thrive and explore their innovative ideas and maximise the potential for the ideas to become a reality. She has been at the forefront of trialling new technologies, apps and software, at her school and recently secured a programmable humanoid NAO Robot!
Every year hundreds of enthusiastic teams throughout the UK register for the contest, sponsored and managed by the award-winning science event organisation, TeenTech®. For participating teams to win their place in the finals, they need to prove high levels of collaboration with experts in the world of technology and engineering. Daljit Kaur has managed to successfully see many of her teams through to the finals and win their categories over the years: this year’s Teacher of the Year judges were very impressed by her multiple successes but in particular by her dedication, as nearly all the creativity and innovation is done outside of the classroom in the form of afterschool or lunch time clubs with some trips to Universities organised on Saturdays. She has worked closely with STEM Ambassadors from Leicestershire via Judith Payne (STEM Manager) to bring experts from different fields to talk to her students.
Daljit Kaur: “I thoroughly enjoy teaching and sparking the imagination of young people. I am just so excited to see what the next generation of young innovators and visionaries will program, create or build to transform the world at national or international level!”
The TeenTech Awards mission is to celebrate talent and enable young people to make real-life contact with experts in the world of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). Thousands of pounds in cash prizes are on offer to schools, and the winning team is invited to tea with His Royal Highness, The Duke of York.