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STEM Teacher of the year 2017


Robert Johnston - STEM Teacher of the year

GTCNI were delighted to recognise and congratulate the inspirational Robert Johnston on his recent SENTINUS award announced at the Sentinus Young Innovators 2017 Award Ceremony at the Ulster University, Jordanstown on 12th June. 

Robert is the Senior Teacher for Pupil Development and Head of ICT in Cookstown High School.  He has received numerous awards during his career and had previously been awarded a GTCNI Teaching Fellowship also in the University of Ulster Jordanstown which he stated as being "the foundation of all my recent work. It was the first time since university that I truly had time to think, review and plan my use of Technology in the classroom and beyond".

In April 2017 Robert supported the first Innovation Breakfast for local Business and Industry Representatives, showcasing and celebrating the success of over 20 innovative and award winning projects.  Robert recognises the role of local industry support and sponsorship as an integral part of all the current project work.

Robert stated: "Through sponsorship form Cookstown Karro Foods we are currently delivering App development workshops to local primary schools. These workshops comprise onsite visits to each primary school. One supported project last year was featured on BBC Radio with their 'Living History App' featuring Moneymore’s historical sites. 

The pupils Robert has supported have been recognised through awards in:

  • University of Ulster App Camp
  • Sentinus Young Innovators Competitions
  • Institute of Engineering and Technology Young Female
  • Young Engineer and Scientist Competition Finals in Birmingham
  • Eircom Junior Spiders
  • Bank of Ireland Junior Dragons’ Den
  • Coder DoJo
  • Duke of York IDEA Award – reaching the final 4 and attending  two events in Buckingham Palace

GTCNI sincerely congratulate Robert Johnston on this well deserved award.



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