12 October 2017

Positive reactions: star tech-nicians in the mix for top science prize

Raise a beaker to these talented Arthur Terry School technicians who have been shortlisted for a prestigious science award.

Craig Astle, Karnail Dhillon, Amjad Zein and Amy Thomas have made it through to the last nine in the Salters’ National Awards for Science Technicians 2017 which recognises the importance of technicians in school.

Representatives from the Salters’ Institute visited Arthur Terry earlier in the year to observe a day in the life of the school’s science technicians. Now, the fab four are waiting to hear if they have made it to the final, which takes place at the Salters’ Institute Hall, London, in December.

The Salters’ National Awards for Science Technicians is designed to highlight the importance of technicians in enabling high quality practical work in science in schools and colleges, with the emphasis on promoting and supporting the professional learning and up skilling of technician teams.

Arthur Terry technician, Craig Astle, said:

Science technicians deserve to get recognition for the work we do to ensure our students can experience the magic of science, in a safe and healthy environment.”

The awards are run in collaboration with the CLEAPSS (Consortium of Local Education Authorities for the Provision of Science Equipment)    and SSERC (Scottish Schools Education Research Centre) and are also supported by the Association for Science Education, the Institute of Physics, the Royal Society, the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Royal Society of Biology.

The Salters’ Institute was founded at the end of the First World War in order to help young men continue chemistry studies that had been interrupted by the conflict. This began a strong relationship with educational institutions and with the chemical industry, which continues today.