Science technicians are integral to their department. ‘Effective technician support comes in a variety of forms,’ states a recent report on the reduced technician workforce by the National Foundation for Education Research (NFER). commissioned by the Royal Society of Chemistry.
In March 2019, a student sustained serious burns and a staff member minor burns during a school science experiment when methylated spirits was applied to an open flame. A second student’s uniform caught fire, but it was extinguished without causing injury.
Across the country, Laboratory Technicians are working hard in Australian schools to support Science Teachers with important lesson preparation. This involves organising materials, mixing chemicals, calibrating and maintaining test equipment plus much more.