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Message from our Patron - Professor Mary O'Kane

June 2013: The education of young Australians in science and mathematics is something I am deeply passionate about. I look back fondly on my school years and the impact and influence the school science staff had on my career path.

Growing up I pottered with scientific and technological things, entered science competitions and read countless books about science; however, my inquisitiveness and determination to discover new things about science – mainly physics and maths – were amplified by having good mentors at school.

Many people would recognise that those working in schools play a very special part in their students’ lives. But many of those working in education probably do not realise how big an impact they can have on their students’ futures. Lab science technicians, aides, assistants and managers are an integral part of our education system.

You play an essential role in the learning process across all education sectors, including TAFE and tertiary institutions but particularly in our secondary schools. Ensuring you have the highest-quality training, developmental opportunities and access to professional support is tremendously important – not only for yourselves but the young people with whom you are sharing your knowledge.

These are key pursuits of the Association of Science Education Technicians of NSW and, as Patron, I wholeheartedly endorse its mission.The enthusiastic response to ASET NSW’s professional development days – which have included some wonderful guest speakers on some fascinating subject matter – is strong evidence of its growing membership’s desire to grow its professional knowledge. I am delighted to be Patron of the Association of Science Education Technicians of NSW, and I wish the association and its members continued success.

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