Lab technician celebrated

Winning attitude: Jasmin Buckley-Smith received the Regional Laboratory Technician Group’s Outstanding Contribution to Science award. Photo: Thomas Munday.
Winning attitude: Jasmin Buckley-Smith received the Regional Laboratory Technician Group’s Outstanding Contribution to Science award. Photo: Thomas Munday.

Newton Moore Senior High School lab technician Jasmin Buckley-Smith has been formally recognised for her efforts in science and education. 

Ms Buckley-Smith was recently honoured with the Regional Laboratory Technician Group’s Outstanding Contribution to Science award. 

The lab technician has been closely involved in the school’s Science Horizons and Engineering projects. 

The initiatives have included water testing, fish breeding and dolphin identification. 

Ms Buckley-Smith also assisted teachers with conducting science classes for different year groups. 

She said she was continually impressed by the school’s range of projects. 

“It’s the sheer amount of things that we do, we’ve got two programs that we’ve tried to focus on and within those there are so many things, the kids have so much choice,” she said. 

“STEM brings it all together, STEM is about getting a problem and using all of the techniques to solve it.”

Ms Buckley-Smith was a student at Newton Moore, crediting head of science Lorraine Ellis for sparking her love for the subject. 

She began work experience at the school seven years ago before coming on full-time. 

“I just love being curious, to always be questioning things, and to think ‘how does that work?’ or ‘why does it work that way?’,” she said.

“It’s all about doing the science to figure out how and why, to get those solid answers.”