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#TECHOGNITION is an annual celebration of the work of UK school science technicians that this year will take place from 4th-8th March 2019.

The event is being run by Preproom.org, UNISON and Gratnells.

One of the main findings that came from the Preproom.org UK School Science Technician Survey 2016 (pdf) was that the majority of participants said that school leaders, the general public and especially the government were not fully aware of what school science technicians actually do on a daily basis in their work and there was an assumption that technicians were often seen as just 'helpers' in many schools.

This of course couldn't be further from the truth as school science technicians are highly skilled, often very experienced and essential members of school staff whose value in a successful school science department should not be underestimated. With this in mind and with the support of UNISON and Gratnells, Preproom.org is running the second annual #TECHOGNITION event to help raise the public profile of school science technicians whilst showcasing and celebrating their essential roles.

During Techognition week school science technicians are encouraged to upload photos of themselves or technician colleagues performing any of the weird and wonderful, routine or mundane but genuine technician jobs they perform to social media and to a dedicated Techognition event website at www.techognition.org. During the event Preproom.org and their event partners and supporters will be running daily prize draws, science-related giveaways and special offers for those taking part.

Prominent supporters of #TECHOGNITION include Professor Lord Winston, Maggie Philbin, Adam Hart-Davis, Johnny Ball, Stefan Gates and Jheni Osman.

If you need any more information or have any questions or comments about #TECHOGNITION, please contact the director of Preproom.org, Chris Galvin: chris.galvin@preproom.org.

Related Links

Preproom.org - The Online Science Prep Room: http://www.preproom.org

UK School Science Technician Survey 2016: http://www.preproom.org/downloads/preproom-UK-technician-survey-2016.pdf

Official #TECHOGNITION Website: https://www.techognition.org

UNISON - The Public Service Union: https://www.unison.org.uk

Gratnells: https://www.gratnells.com

Preproom.org Community: http://community.preproom.org

Published Articles (following 2018 event)

Recognition for Technicians (from Education in Chemistry)
https://eic.rsc.org/news/recognition-for-technicians/3008675.article

Three Cheers for Science Technicians (from Huffington Post covering Preproom.org's 2016 survey)
https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/patrick-hayes/three-cheers-for-science-technicians_b_9581004.html

2019 Event Sponsors & Associates

#TECHOGNITION is brought to you by Preproom.org, UNISON and Gratnells with support from: