Meet Natalija – eduHero from Serbia

My name is Natalija Budinski, and I am a math teacher in Primary and Secondary school “Petro Kuzmjak” in Ruski Krstur, in Serbia.

My field of expertise are innovations in education.  Innovations that I am working on are going in two directions.

The first direction are innovations in the field of STEM education. I am developing educational approach that can bring closer contemporary science to the high school education trough mathematical classes and effective collaboration with scientist and professionals. In the classroom, I use educational software Geogebra, Scratch, and mbot robots. That is described in several papers and found significant interest in educational circles. The papers are following:


Budinski, N. еt al. (2017). The Educational Approach for Introducing Contemporary Materials Science Research to High School Mathematics, Journal of Materials Education 39(3-4), 99-114.

Budinski, N. et al, (2015). Materials science experiments as a tool for learning and applying high school mathematics, Journal of Materials Education, 37(1-2), 59-84, ISSN 0738-7989 (field EDUCATION 28/37 for 2014. Kobson)

Budinski, N. (2016). Implementation of Mathematical Modelling in Materials Engineering, Learning and Teaching, 2(4), 753-764 (in Serbian language).


The second direction are innovations in the field of STEAM educations, where the science, technology, engineering and mathematics are enriched with art and creative approach. Therefore, I have develop strategies for learning mathematical concept trough origami activities and paper folding. Some of selected papers that describe the innovation are:


Budinski, N., Lavizca Z. & Fenyvesi, K. (2018). Ideas for using GeoGebra and Origami in Teaching Regular Polyhedrons Lessons, K-12 STEM Education 4(1), 297-303.

Budinski, N. & Novta, M. (2017) Folidng the Dragon curve Fractal, Proceedings of Bridges Mathematics, Music, Art, Architecture, Education, Culture, 573-578.

Budinski, N. (2016). Origami as a Tool for Exploring Properties of Platonic Solids, Proceedings of Bridges Mathematics, Music, Art, Architecture, Culture, 649-654

Budinski, N. (2015). Origami, symmetry and mathematical education, Symmetry, Culture and Science, 26(2), 243-252.

Fenyvesi, К., Budinski, N. & Zsolt, L. (2014). Two Solutions to An Unsolvable Problem: Connecting Origami and GeoGebra in A Serbian High School, Proceedings of Bridges Mathematics, Music, Art, Architecture, Culture, 95–102.


In May 2016 I have been selected as of ten best mathematical education practices teachers in Serbia by Centre for Science Promotion due to quality, innovation, creativity and implementation of teaching practice. I have received Bridges organization scholarship for achievement in connecting mathematics with art in education in 2016. Bridges organization supports research, practice in mathematical connection to art, music, architecture, education and culture. It promotes the idea that mathematics and art can inform and enrich each other and that there are great ideas waiting to be found in mathematical analysis and synthesis of art, and that artistic thinking and activities can enliven the mathematics classroom. Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert in 2016 and 2017 and Skype Master teacher in 2017 for using technology to help students in achieving educational goals. Runner up of 2017 STEM Discovery Week Competition “Organize a STEM event” and winner of Stem Ahead competition in 2017 in organization of European Schoolnet (Brussels). National and European Quality Label for e-twinning project “Let’s discover our European Math World”. Currently I am collaborate with Serbian Center for Science Promotion in developing creative teaching practices in STEM education.


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“Petro Kuzmjak” school is settled in Ruski Krstur in Serbia. It has long tradition over 260 years. It is the only high school in the world where high school education is provided in Ruthenian language.

Beside, high school education “Petro Kuzmjak” school has high school education in Serbian language, boarding school and primary school, also in Ruthenian.

Our goal is to preserve our language, culture and uniqueness and promote our school trough Internet using Skype collaboration. If you want to meet us and find more about our tradition, past, but also about future plans, call as via Skype.

Ruthenian is Slavic language and it is spoken by Ruthenian minority which live across whole world. In Vojvodina, the northern part of Serbia, live about 13 thousand Ruthenians.