Technician Conference RA606 / B02

Start date
12 Jun 24
1 Day
Oldham Sixth Form College, Union Street West, Oldham OL8 1XU View on Google Map

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Join us for this annual conference for science technicians which includes a full day of practical ideas and activities and workshop sessions throughout the day for biology, chemistry and physics.

For further information please contact Jan Mclean


 09:00-09:20 Welcome, tea, coffee and pastries

09:20-09:30 Introduction, H&S, etc.

09:35-10:35 Workshop 1 

10:40-11:40 Workshop 2

11:40-12:10 Break for tea, coffee and biscuits 

12:15-13:15 Workshop 3

13:15-14:00 Lunch

14:05-15:05 Workshop 4

15:10-15:30 Review and reflection 

Each session will have two workshop options, on completion of booking you will be sent a link to select which workshops you would like to attend.

Workshop 1

Option 1: Advanced micro-chemistry Use equipment and techniques that mirror those used in industrial, clinical, and forensic laboratories to perform a wide range of chemical experiments previously requiring macro scale apparatus.

Option 2: Simulations in science Explore the use of online science simulations and replicate them in the lab using simple and readily available items.

Workshop 2

Option 1: Dissection with material supplied by Blades Biological Try your hand at dissecting technique and explore a range of material available from Blades Biological.

Option 2: CSI: whodunit? Including the use of spectroscopy Use your Sherlock instinct in the lab by applying a range of techniques to identify the perpetrator, from simple microscopy and chemical tests to advanced spectroscopy.

Workshop 3

Option 1: Breadboards and logic gates: the old and the new Try your hand at electronics and circuit building with the latest breadboard technology, and contrast that with the use of old logic gate equipment.

Option 2: Aseptic techniques Experience the use of aseptic techniques when working with microbes under sterile conditions.

Workshop 4

Option 1: Smelly science Explore a range of simple lab demonstrations on the science of smells.

Option 2: Puzzle board, component tester, component investigation board.  Experience the use of Philip Harris’ products on circuit building and their application to the physics syllabus.


Who is the course leader?


Work towards successfully implementing the new skills and knowledge acquired. Describe and apply policies, procedures and actions that will lead to an effective and efficient technical service. Describe and explain safety implications and how to address them.


Technician Conference12 June 202409:30-16:00Oldham Sixth Form College




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State-funded school or collegeActivity fee£200.00 +VAT
Fee-paying school or college (independent)Activity fee£300.00 +VAT

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For courses at the National STEM Learning Centre in York, fees include meals and accommodation for the duration of the course. 


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