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Gratnells Maker family products a hit at Knights Templar School 

Gratnells Maker family products at Knights Templar School 

The Knights Templar School in Baldock opened its doors in September 1939 with 182 local and evacuee children on the roll. Today it is a modern, government funded academy serving 1300 students. It is consistently rated amongst the top 10 schools in the UK and the core curriculum and after-school clubs provide a strong focus on STEAM subject areas.

Gratnells Maker family featured in UK’s first Mega Maker Lab London

School children using Gratnells Maker trolley

Gratnells, best known for Britain’s most widely used range of storage systems and iconic trays, has sponsored a major Maker event in London.

The Institute of Imagination, a charity that helps create spaces for children to re-imagine the world through the eyes of a Maker and STEM, opened its doors at the beginning of August to host a Mega Maker Lab.  Every day in August, children from all over London enjoyed exploring the five creative zones, with performances and mini-workshops in the Social Space.

Gratnells Maker Family features in Future Classroom Lab

Gratnells Maker Family Trolley In Classroom

Gratnells, best known for Britain’s most widely used range of storage systems and iconic trays, has introduced its latest Maker range to a Future Classroom Lab (FCL) in Brussels.

The newly-refurbished FCL demonstrates the practice of learning zones, including a Create zone, where Maker activities take place and many leading brands of STEM resources are featured including Lego, MakeBlock and Pasco Scientific.  Over 2000 teachers each year visit the Brussels FCL for CPD training, to learn about the direction of development for classrooms in the 21st century – mobile, flexible, modular, multi-disciplinary, interactive, collaborative, etc.

MakerHub joins the Gratnells family

MakerHub from Gratnells

Gratnells has launched the brand new MakerHub, the newest member of the Gratnells Maker family and the perfect addition to any science preproom, lab, maker space or STEM club.

Designed to be a double-sided, multi-functional resource trolley that promotes collaborative working in the classroom, the MakerHub is ideal for teachers, technicians and STEM coordinators preparing practical activities for their lessons. 

Gratnells Science Technician of the Year winner 2018/2019 announced

Gratnells Science Technician of the Year winner with award

The Gratnells sponsored Science Technician of the Year award 2018/2019 has been awarded to Razika Berboucha from Lampton School Academy in Hounslow, Middlesex.
Now in its eleventh year, the competition is open to Science Technicians in secondary schools, colleges and academies across the world.  Entrants much be 18 years old, with at least two-years’ experience in full or part time employment. The judging panel, consisting of esteemed industry professionals, look for evidence of individuals who go ‘above and beyond’ in their daily work - Science Technicians who embrace their work, enjoy the challenges and look to offer continuous improvement in the services they deliver.

Top Tips for a successful MakerSpace

Gratnells MakerSpace trolley

In STEAM subjects, investigation and experimentation are an important part of learning, building confidence and inquisitiveness. Practical experience is already proven to have greater learning outcomes and better retention amongst students than structured teaching and lecture models, bringing the theoretical to life.

Teaching and learning through STEAM activities can take many formats, but all serve as a gathering point for tools, projects, mentors, and expertise. Activities can be personalised to any project that involves group collaboration - from coding and robotics to woodworking and art projects to science and engineering experiments. 

Gratnells Engineering employee inspired to become STEM Ambassador  

Gratnells Engineering becomes STEM Ambassador  

Chloe Winyard joined Gratnells Engineering as Marketing Assistant in May 2017 and has seen first-hand the positive impact of promoting Science, Technology, Engineering and Manufacturing subjects to young people.

Historically known as the leading name in school storage in over 68 countries of the world (and the producer of the iconic Gratnells Tray) Gratnells Engineering has developed into a multi-sector manufacturer capable of providing high-volume laser cutting, powder coating and bespoke metal solutions to a wide range of customers. 

Gratnells scoops second international award for its MakerSpace trolley

Gratnells scoops second international award for its MakerSpace trolley

The GESS Education Awards were established to encourage the raising of standards in the education sector and recognise the quality and diversity of educational products, resources, and services, people and establishments. This year, the awards ceremony was held at a spectacular gala dinner at the H Hotel, Dubai on 27thFebruary.

After deliberation by a panel of independent experts and thought leaders from the global education sector, the Gratnells MakerSpace trolley came out on top in its category: Innovation Product Awards – non ICT / Equipment / Hardware.