For the second year running, I was delighted that Kathy Sykes, Professor of Sciences and Society at Bristol University was able to present our prestigious Science Technician of the Year Award – and in front of a packed audience of nearly 200 Science Technicians too. This year’s winner, Senior Science Technician Sandra Wollerton from Danum Academy, Doncaster, was overwhelmed by her achievement as she felt she’d ‘just been doing her job’ – albeit for over 30 years!
We all trekked to the National Science Learning Centre in York on Friday 8th July 2011, and heard a keynote opening speech delivered by Professor Sykes, ‘What’s important in Science Education Today?’ You can see a dodgy video of it here.
Of the Awards, Professor Sykes commented, ‘I often describe Science Technicians as “unsung heroes”, working quietly and tirelessly behind the scenes.
The two runners-up of the Gratnells Science Technician of the Year 2010 sponsored Awards were: Shirley Martin from Gable Hall School, Corringham, Essex (2nd place); and in 3rd place, Dawn Billingham, from Wodensborough CTC in the West Midlands. As well as receiving trophies, certificates, cash prizes and hundreds of pounds worth of Gratnells products for all the winners, Sandra Wollerton also won a further gift voucher from SciChem towards Forensic Investigation teaching kits. Thanks to Tim Avery and the team for that. Here’s to the comp next year.