3rd December 2021

Emilia Angelillo is Gratnells Science Technician of the Year 2021

Emilia Angelillo, our Science Technician and STEM Ambassador, has won Gratnells Science Technician of the Year Award 2021.

Emilia has been a Science Technician for six years and is the only technician supporting the science department, with two prep rooms to maintain. She provides support for all age groups from Prep to Senior over four labs. She also runs two Prep STEM clubs and plans to invest her prizes back into these groups and the other students at her school. She is very grateful to have a good relationship with the teaching team in her department and they often do practical demonstrations in the science labs together.

In addition to day job, Emilia is also an extremely active STEM Ambassador, running free workshops outside of school to inspire children around the country and all over the world. During the pandemic, she took her workshops online and was able to reach many different countries including India and Bangladesh. In 2021 alone, she has completed 77 workshops over 87 hours reaching 5,185 participants.

Emilia is also very active on social media and uses her platform to reach and inspire people far and wide, and delivers exciting practical science demonstrations to her 16,000 Instagram followers. She is also an advocate for women in STEM and diversity in science and often uses her profile to highlight this. Her public profile allows her to show how exciting science can be and allows her to reach a much wider audience than in the classroom, making science accessible for everyone.

Emilia is hugely passionate about her work and hopes to make a real difference and wants to encourage scientists of the future. With a background in microbiology, she hopes to use her experience to inspire children to explore careers in science and the opportunities available to them.

Emilia commented:

“I feel incredibly honoured to receive the Gratnells Award for Science Technician of the year 2021. I hope that with my work I can inspire young people to pursue their dreams and nurture their passion for what they love most. My dream was to wear the lab coat and work in the lab, and this is what I have done all my life. I hope I can show how beautiful, fun and amazing science is. I am very proud to be a lab technician and honoured to be part of the pupils’ education. I hope I can show what great resource science technicians are for schools and colleges. We can do so many things, not only in the prep room, but also in classrooms as demonstrators, STEM ambassadors, STEM club leaders, and much more.”

Thank you to my school for always supporting me, especially the great science team which is a second family for me. Above all, thank you to our students. Their enthusiasm keeps me going, and it is for them that everything is done.“

Mr. Richard Settle, Principal said:

“The whole Sancton Wood community is delighted for Emilia; it is quite right that she has won this award because she is a wonderfully dedicated member of our team.  She is passionate about science and works tirelessly across all our sites to ensure that the children have the best experience of science.  In addition, to support in lessons, she leads a number of enrichment clubs and works with other students online and in our labs.  She is a credit to her profession.”

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