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I’m delighted to announce that the Gratnells Science Technician of the Year Award for 2011 has been won by Eileen Edwards from Saints Peter & Paul Catholic College, Widnes. Nominated by her Head of Science, Darren Forbes, Eileen is the third winner of our Award which was presented by Professor Kathy Sykes at the National Science Learning Centre in York on 5th July.  We have a video of Kathy presenting the award which I’ll upload soon.

The ceremony took place at the start of a two-day Science Technicians conference. The opening keynote speech by Kathy Sykes was delivered to a packed audience and addressed the subject ‘the importance of engaging with the public about science’. Following her speech, Kathy Sykes – along with yours truly – presented the three winners with their awards and prizes.

The runners up of the 2011 Awards were: Margaret Fillery (2nd place) Senior Science Technician, Bethany School, Curtisden Green, Kent, and Madeleine Buck (3rd place) Head Technician at Varndean College, Brighton;

 

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LtoR: Darren Forbes, Head of Science, Saints Peter & Paul Catholic College, Widnes; Murray Hudson, Managing Director, Gratnells; Eileen Edwards (Winner) Senior Science Technician, Saints Peter & Paul Catholic College, Widnes; Kathy Sykes, Professor of Sciences & Society, Bristol University; Michelle McGaughey, Chair, ASE Laboratory Technicians Committee.

 

We are delighted that Kathy Sykes has once again been able to highlight the important role science technicians fulfill in our schools. And this year’s winners have not only been of an exceptional standard but also the volume of nominations received show that more and more schools are acknowledging the vital role science technicians play in the teaching of the subject.

 

Competition winners

There were two lucky winners of a Gratnells science storage trolley for each of the two-day Science Technicians Conference at the National Science Learning Centre in York last week. The free draw attracted a huge amount of attention with over 140 delegates visiting the Gratnells stand during the breaks between lectures and signing-up for a chance to win a treble-column trolley, complete with 18 award-winning Gratnells trays.

Congratulations to  Lucy Esson, The Harefield Academy, Middlesex and Freya Hewins, The Netherhall School & 6th Form Centre, Cambridge who won a Gratnells trolley each.

 

Science Technician of the Year with Kathy Sykes

This week I am at the National Science Technicians conference in York with Professor Kathy Sykes where we will be presenting the winner of the 2011 Gratnells Science Technician of the Year Competition.

Kathy will be in York on Thursday 5th July to deliver the opening keynote speech at the two-day conference and present the Gratnells Science Technician of the Year Award at the National Science Learning Centre (NSLC). She will address an audience drawn from science technicians across the UK at the annual (ASE) National Technicians Conference in her keynote speech highlighting the importance of engaging with the public about science. She will also explore how getting children enthused in the classroom today will lead to better scientific understanding in the future.

Following her speech, Kathy will make a presentation to those voted the top three science technicians across the UK who have been nominated for the Gratnells awards by their schools or colleges. The Awards – now in their third year – have been supported by Professor Sykes from the onset. “It’s a privilege to once again be involved with these Awards which acknowledge just how vital the role of the Science Technician is in the teaching and learning of the subject in our schools and colleges across the UK”, said Professor Sykes.

 

The ASE National Technicians Conference at the NSLC will run over two days – starting Thursday 5th – when lectures and practical workshops will cover a wide range of topics to around 400 delegates.

 

Kathy Sykes keynote speech from last year’s conference