We’re delighted to sponsor the UK School Science Technician survey conducted by PrepRoom.org
School Science Technicians are the unsung heroes of many a school science department and over the years their role has changed considerably. Preproom.org set out to survey Technicians in order to raise awareness of the role of a School Science Technician among school leaders, teachers and local and national government. The aim of the survey was to gauge opinion and gather job related data about the profession. The survery was completed by over 1,300 technicians currently working in UK school science departments.
At Gratnells we recognise the invaluable contribution that Science Technicians make to the smooth running and effectiveness of Science education in UK and overseas schools and we have been actively advocating the cause of technicians since we launched our annual Science Technician of the Year Award.
The results show that while there are many challenges to being a Technican today, not least with issues of pay, training and recognition, the vast majority enjoy their jobs. The full report can be read and downloaded bibliography essay. Watch out on twitter for the hashtag michael crichton essays
Today we decided to see if you could build a reasonable Christmas tree out of Gratnells trays. After a few failed starts and enlisting the help of our resident consulting engineer we managed to build something resembling a tree from green Jumbo F3 trays. With some tinsel and baubles you’d hardly know it wasn’t plucked from a forest! Now it has pride of place outside our Director’s box in the factory. Pictures show me and Marketing Director Richard Picking next to the tree and Marketing Coordinator Emily adding some final touches.
We’re delighted to announce the winners of this Year’s Gratnells Science Technician of the Year Award. Third place goes to Julian Morel from Five Islands School, Isles of Scilly. Second place goes to Mark Robinson from St Peter’s, York. And the WINNER is Dr Elizabeth Carter of Warwick School, surrey. Congratulations to all!
So who is going to be the brand new winner of the Gratnells Science Technician of the Year? Well we can’t say yet as it is being officially announced at the ASE Science Technicians Conference in York tomorrow. Check back here to find out!
We’re going to be exhibiting at the leading Education Technology show – BETT – this week. If you’re going to the show be sure to drop by our stand (A470) and see our latest new offerings including a compact charging solution for schools. If you aren’t going to the show watch this space for further details over the next few weeks.
Gratnells was delighted to sponsor CBBC’s Fran Scott for a lively hour-long CPD presentation on the final day of the annual ASE (Association for Science Education) Conference held at Reading University on 10th January. Speaking to a capacity audience, Fran ‘ignited the imagination’ of over a hundred science teachers who had come along to translate her style of making science more engaging to students within the classroom setting.
After the presentation, Pete Robinson, immediate past Chair of the ASE said of Gratnells sponsorship of the event: “It is pleasing that there are companies like Gratnells … We’re looking for opportunities to work in partnership with our corporate partners such as Gratnells. And Gratnells went off and did this virtually completely on their own – with our support – and they came to us with the idea. And how lovely, what a great way to engage people with science teaching and learning. A really fantastic story, and what was so great about the story, was not the we got a ‘science show’ – we can go anywhere to get a science show – we got the thinking behind that science show.”
You will be able to see the full video on the Gratnells website in the next two weeks. You can also learn more about Fran Scott and her new roadshow ‘#Error404’ at: www.greatscottscienceshows.co.uk
I was delighted to see this picture of a Gratnells F1 Shallow Tray being put to good use at one of our customer’s Christmas Party. LeXsolar in Dresden who supply renewable energy experiment sets were happy to use a tray to serve up their party food. Always nice to see a bit of lateral thinking!
We’re delighted that we have managed to book BBC Science presenter Fran Scott to attend the ASE Annual Conference in January and present the Gratnells Keynote Speech on the Saturday of the Conference.
After completing her MSci in Neuroscience, Fran worked at the Science Museum in London where she discovered that enthusing young people about science was much more fun than sitting in a lab. She has since forged a successful career as a ‘science translator’ touring her live shows and appearing in several series for CBBC, BBC Learning and BBC Worldwide. As with all her work, expect an exciting, inspiring and colourful presentation!
Fran’s presentation is titled: Igniting the Imagination. In television you can have just 3 minutes of screen time to capture viewers’ imagination. Having worked in children’s science TV for many years, Fran knows just how to do this, especially when it comes to Science. Here, she’ll share her top tips on making Science entertaining, whilst still remaining true to the subject, a skill that’s easily transferable back to the classroom.
We will also be showcasing our latest products. The recently-launched SmartCase is already proving a winner and is perfect for both primary and secondary school science kits. (Also for field work where datalogging materials and equipment are needed.) The SmartCase has been designed to fit into the same runners used on all Gratnells frames and trolleys. Also the new StopSafe runners will be unveiled. Drop by and take a look!
The Association for Science Education Annual Conference 2015 runs from Wednesday 7 January to Saturday 10 January at the University of Reading
Exceptional ideas and resources for science teaching at the flagship, four-day conference from ASE. Over 300 sessions dedicated to science education across all subject areas and phases, offering hands-on activities for the classroom and inspiring talks from the forefront of scientific research. Whatever stage you are at in your career, be inspired by world-class ideas for your professional development, with practical learning, sharing best practice and take-home resources. Certified CPD. Book now at www.ase.org.uk/conferences/annual-conference/
Gratnells’ sponsored keynote presentation will be Saturday 10th January @ 11.15am
I was interested to read about a ‘Raspberry Jam’ in Southend last weekend. The event featured the recent Raspberry Pi kits made by ExploreStem using the Gratnells SmartCase. In the pictures you can clearly see the SmartCase kits being used by each visitor as they learned the basics of programming MineCraft using a Raspberry Pi kit. These kits are used to demonstrate Raspberry Pi and introduce people to the beginning of coding. Each SmartCase contains a complete Raspberry kit including keyboard. Also from the pictures they seem to double up as a useful monitor stand when empty. Who’d have thought!
We were delighted to supply Explore STEM – a leading STEM Ambassador program – with a set of 30 SmartCases which were specially designed to hold their classroom Raspberry Pi kits.
Explore STEM manages the Schools STEM Advisory Network and STEM Ambassadors Programme across Essex, Southend and Thurrock. They keep schools informed about high-quality activities they can access to enrich and enhance the STEM curriculum and enable them to use a range of STEM Ambassadors. Working with local experts, they provide tailored advice and assistance quickly and easily to schools and colleges across Essex by helping the delivery of enrichment and enhancement activities, providing STEM Ambassadors and helping Schools develop and provide after-school STEM clubs.
This Raspberry Pi project was funded by the IET (institute of Engineering and Technology); a body which aims to promote the teaching of Science and Technology subjects in schools. Explore STEM approached us to create a customised STEM Ambassador SmartCase which could hold a complete Raspberry Pi kit. The kits were created with a special foam insert that can hold a whole Raspberry Pi starter kit for each pupil and the lid has a wallet that contains a keyboard so everything needed to set up one student is in a handy case. The initial feedback has been very positive with a lot of positive comments on twitter from the first picture!