At the end of Year 6, Irchester Primary School celebrates the achievements and successes of the children who are leaving our school to go on to secondary school. We hold a very glamourous event “The Oscars” where every child gets to walk down the red carpet in front of their friends, parents and teachers. Each year we give a Lab_13 Scientist of the Year award which goes to a student who has been on the Lab_13 Management Committee and whose commitment and passion for STEM goes above and beyond anything ever expected of them.
The 2014 award went to someone who had an incredible impact both in this school and outside of the school gates. He is inventive and innovative and always coming up with amazing ideas – be it to do with advancing science and technology, new clubs to run, new ways of managing the lab, you name it and he has a new and improved way doing it. Such was his commitment that, once, he even handed in a letter of resignation to his class teacher so that he could work full-time in Lab_13. The next day he came in his suit and set up his office and got to work.
His communication skills are second to none – giving a neuroscience lecture to over 400 local children, presenting Science experiments at EVERY Open Evening, giving countless interviews to people interested in Lab_13 and features in many of our Youtube videos- notably The Chicken
Whisperer. He was a pioneer of Dads Club, bringing his Dad, his tiny sister and on occasion even his Grandad.
Even as a Year 4 he came up with the idea of the Sherlock kits and managed to get funding from the local Rotary Club. He has shown excellent leadership and delegation skills and if he doesn’t know the answer or how to do something then he definitely knows how to find out or who to ask! I have no doubt that this guy will go on to run a multibillion pound STEM corporation – he’s just that kind of guy! I am very proud to tell you that the Lab_13 Scientist of the Year 2014 award went to Jake Harrison!