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What’s It All About? – Technicians: The David Sainsbury Gallery

What’s It All About? – Technicians: The David Sainsbury Gallery

Join us in this awesome What’s It All About? as we explore Technicians: The David Sainsbury Gallery, a permanent, interactive exhibition at the Science Museum which allows young people to step into an interactive world of careers and take a look behind the scenes, to explore a variety of different roles. Visitors can try hands-on exhibits that bring to life a wide variety of workplaces, from a blockbuster film set to a pharmaceutical lab, allowing them to experience the hidden yet vital careers of technicians.

Visitors can experience a world of careers in one place and:

  • Set foot inside Shuri’s Lab from Marvel Studios’ Black Panther to re-enact the role of a film-set lighting technician
  • Have a go at making lifesaving medicine as an NHS pharmacy technician
  • Operate a robotic arm and try your hand at welding a rollercoaster track
  • Step into the world of renewable energy and solve problems faced by a wind turbine technician

Working with industry leaders such as Marvel Studios, the NHS, National Grid and the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre and many more, we have made these innovative exhibits true to the tasks their technicians do every day so visitors can unearth their own skills and find out how they could make a real difference as a technician.

There is also the opportunity for KS3 and 4 students to book ‘Meet an Employee’ sessions where students can meet a real technician and experience what it’s like to do their job through hands-on activities and Q&A sessions. Students will carry out job-related tasks led by a real-life technician as a role model helping to showcase how your students’ skills and aptitude is used in the day-to-day work of technicians, with lots of opportunity to ask the technician questions throughout the task. In the Q&A session. Students will ask technicians what it’s like to do their job, finding out for themselves how to become a technician, what inspired them and more.

As well as Technicians: The David Sainsbury Gallery, the Gatsby Charitable Foundation run the Technicians: We Make the Difference initiative, to engage and inspire 11–16 year olds to follow their skills and interests and consider a career as a technician.

As part of this, they have identified 100 technician roles across a wide range of industries such as engineering, food and drink, fashion, film and TV, healthcare, manufacturing, agriculture, design and more, to show young people that in almost every industry, there are hidden technicians, performing interesting and essential tasks which are key to the overall outcome being successful.

The website and campaign activity showcase the 100 roles, with employers putting forward technicians who are following non-university routes of education and training such as apprenticeships and T-levels to feature on the website and share their real-life experiences to show young people what they do and why they love their job.

If you are or have a great technician who would like to get involved with the Meet an Employee sessions at the Science Museum and/or appear on the technicians website and talk about their role, please email technicians@gatsby.org.uk.