Kristin: A little over a year ago, Francesca Calati, Peter Binks and I were at the Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science for Francesca to be awarded the prize for Excellence in Science Teaching in Secondary Schools.
Mrs Francesca Calati was awarded the $50,000 Prime Minister’s Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching in Secondary Schools at a black tie function at Parliament House in Canberra on Wednesday 19th September. The award recognises her outstanding chemistry teaching career and the innovative nanotechnology curriculum she developed with her team at St Helena and her achievements are summarised here. Francesca gave a passionate thank-you speech and the audience was really excited about her approach and impact on science students. She was nominated by Nanotechnology Victoria, Bridge8 and St Helena Secondary College. I’m very proud to be associated with her and the team at St Helena. Congratulations!
Since Francesca won, the activity in nanotechnology education has grown. Francesca has moved from teaching to coordinating several schools plus outreach activities at La Trobe University and we have created AccessNano, a national nanotechnology school resource that grew out of the work Francesca was recognised for. This year, Francesca and I are returning to celebrate a new winner (and to meet a new PM).