STARweek is an opportunity for schools to appreciate and recognise the professional support, invaluable knowledge and experience that science technicians contribute to your school.
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.
Dr John Elfick from UQ’s School of Education maintains the School Science Lessons site which contains useful information for school laboratory technicians and links experiments to equipment sold by the Australian laboratory equipment suppliers. http://www.uq.edu.au/_School_Science_Lessons/
A science fair at a Victorian school required the attendance of the fire department Hazmat team following a parent/student demonstration produced chlorine gas with two people requiring medical attention. http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/school-science-experiment-gone-wrong-sends-children-and-parent-to-hospital-20160816-gqtk6t.html