Science Museum Technicians Gallery

By Rachel Collins posted 01-10-2021 11:14

Today the Science Museum have announced their newest interactive gallery, funded by the Gatsby Foundation, which will celebrate the vital, but often hidden role, of technicians.

This free gallery, which is aimed at 11 to 16-year-olds, will feature a wide variety of technician roles and allow people to explore where technicians work, hear their stories and meet real-life technicians leading activities within the space.

Visitors will be able to put themselves in a technician's shoes with interactive exhibits, such as operating a manufacturing robot, creating visual effects on a blockbuster film set, fixing a wind turbine fault and analysing medicines in a laboratory.

Currently, only a quarter of 13-16 year-olds believe that technician roles are good jobs (April 2021). This gallery will address this issue by offering a career-focused space for young people, where they can imagine themselves as technicians, engage with people whose technical jobs are keeping industries moving and discover the difference technicians make in many walks of life. The gallery will also explore the varied pathways to become a technician, including through new T-levels qualifications, and a new website will allow the career-focused activities of the gallery to reach young people across the country.

Over the next twelve months, as part of it Technicians Make it Happen Campaign (<>),  Gatsby will be developing resources and case studies of technicians to compliment the gallery. We'd love to hear from any technicians (and science communicators who are technicians).

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