Sunderland teacher chosen for delegation

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A TEACHER from Sunderland has been awarded a place on a high-profile teaching delegation.

Dr Steve Wrathmall, originally from Red House, has been selected to attend the Science on Stage Europe festival in Frankfurt.

He will join about 350 teachers from 27 countries at the event in April, to share his innovative teaching methods.

Steve said: “I was awarded the place for my project in investigating quantum mechanics in the classroom.

“Quantum mechanics can be difficult to demonstrate and bring to life in the school laboratory.

“I’m interested in making such topics more accessible and engaging through demonstrations and activities we can do in the classroom.”

The 31-year-old, who teaches at Barnard Castle School, obtained a PhD in Theoretical Physics from Durham University in 2004.

He went on to work with several Nobel Prize winners as a member of the JILA research institute in Colorado, US.

Science on Stage aims to stimulate the interest of young people in the subject through schoolteachers, who they hope can play a key role in reversing the trend of falling interest in science.