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There’s no better way to see what a new prep-room will actually look like than create a full 3D model of the room and then create a walkthrough. Thanks to Jono at value of time essaythe process was painless. First we had to create accurate 3D models of every one of our products.  We have made each of the models available in the architects section of the website.  That took the time but once it was finished the walkthrough was a simple exercise.  David Moore our resident expert storage rep, who visits schools choose what he thought was the perfect design and that is what you see here. It looks amazing.

If you want David to help you design a prep-room do not hesitate to get in touch.

Gratnells launches fixed runner option for our biggest selling frame and trolleys.

For some customers moving the runners up and down to increase storage space is not a priority. That’s why we’ve decided to bring out a welded version of our best selling frame and trolley. The 1850mm treble column frame is now available with a welded runner option along with our double and treble column trolleys. The three items are available fully assembled, so perfect for a refurbishment or new project. Prices depend on quantities and delivery into a school so just let us know what you want. Some say tomato some say tomayto!   

Fixed runners all round

Can you make a full size igloo with a Gratnells tray?

I have seen some strange uses for a Gratnells tray in my time but building an igloo has got to be up there.  Chris Bell, who works at Sacred Heart Catholic High School in Newcastle, filmed himself building the igloo using a green F2 deep tray and submitted it to a competition we were running to promote science experiments with Planet-Scicast

Chris, host Marty and some dodgy bloke

‘I had already made a short film earlier on in the year when we had an unusually heavy fall of snow, which demonstrated the properties of snow,’ said Chris. ‘And purely by co-incidence, I had borrowed some Gratnells storage trays from school that we use in the science prep-rooms as a “block-making mould” to form snow bricks to make an igloo.’ Chris’s demonstration then went on to show how the properties of snow – of which its composition is 90% air – in the form of an igloo, make a great ‘soundproof’ space.

The film was submitted in competition in the ‘Best film by a Science Technician’ sector and won. Check it out below.

Any other uses for a Gratnells tray?

The best of the best science technicians in the country

Overall winner Tracey Padgham accepts her award from professor Kathy Sykes

It was great to finally meet the three winners of our first Gratnells Science Technician of the Year award. Tracey Padgham of Cavendish School in Eastbourne, Liz Carter of Warwick School and Brenda Davies from Sandhurst School in Warwickshire all made it down to central London for our special ceremony. We teamed up with Katie Walsh, Jonathan Sanderson and the nice people from Planet SCICAST to eat cake, hand out awards for some excellent films explaining science experiments and celebrate our winners. We were lucky enough to convince Professor Kathy Sykes, who is Professor of Sciences and Society at the University of Bristol, has also been a presenter for the BBC on such series as: Tomorrow’s World, and Rough Science, to hand out our award. Kathy also squeezed in enough time to have lunch with us before hand. I was nervous as usual as I have to give out an award and she soothed my nerves with a chilled glass of white wine. The Royal Institution was a fitting venue and the large stern statue of Michael Faraday himself made an excellent backdrop for some photos.

The Gratnells team along with all the winners and their sponsors

Thanks to all involved especially our judges Chris Peel from CLEAPSS and Simon Quinell from the Science Learning Centre HQ in York and Andy Piggott, the UK’s finest Science Education Consultant .

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