Kristin: A year ago, Peter Binks, Francesca Calati and I were in Canberra to celebrate Francesca’s success in winning the Prime Minister’s Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching in Secondary Schools. Since her win, there has been a lot of activity in nanotechnology education. Francesca, and her colleague Amanda Clarke, have covered a lot of ground this year, from Adelaide to Darwin to to Canberra and Brisbane, all over Victoria and across to New Zealand, providing Teacher Professional Development and guidance on implementing nanotechnology in the classroom. Francesca has moved to La Trobe University, where as a science outreach coordinator she runs activities and oversees chemistry and nanotechnology for a range of interested schools. We have also created AccessNano for the Australian Office of Nanotechnology, which stems from the work Francesca, Amanda and their colleagues did with SHINE at St Helena Secondary College. Wow!
Tomorrow Francesca and I will return to Canberra to celebrate a new secondary science winner. And we hope that thier success leads to as many opportunities and adventures.
Originally published on Blog@NanoVic for Nanotechnology Victoria.