Science Museum opens new gallery to help teens become techies
The gallery, funded by and named after philanthropist David Sainsbury, caters specifically to visitors ages 11 to 16 and examines some of the work done by technicians, from operating robots in factories to operation of wind turbines.
It is slated to open next fall and will use interactive displays to allow visitors to the ‘career-focused’ exhibit to try their hand at a range of jobs in manufacturing, creative industries, science and technology. health and the energy industry.
A recent report says the country needs around 800,000 additional technicians and apprentices to meet the economy’s demand for the kind of hands-on science jobs to spur innovation and economic growth.
Sir Ian Blatchford, Managing Director of the Science Museum Group, said: âTechnicians have long been awaited in the limelight, as one of the nation’s most vital teams, spurring economic growth in an incredible array of sectors.
âBy igniting 11-16 year olds’ enthusiasm for technical roles and challenging outdated perceptions, this interactive gallery sums up our core mission of inspiring futures.
âWe are extremely grateful to David Sainsbury and the Gatsby Charitable Foundation for enabling the Science Museum to shed light on these important career choices, especially at a time when young people are demanding better and earlier career guidance and the possibility of shaping a greener environment. and a more diversified economy.
Sainsbury, former science minister in Tony Blair’s government, said: âThe decision about which career we want to pursue is one of the most important in our lives, and if we are to make the best decision we need to know which type of jobs are available and what are the educational paths that support them.
âThe roles celebrated in this new gallery demonstrate that being a technician can be a gateway to social mobility and personal fulfillment for the individual, and offer a chance to play a significant role in the prosperity and well-being of the country. .
âI hope the gallery will be seen as an essential part of the museum, and I want to thank Sir Ian and his enthusiastic team for the creative and innovative way they have collaborated with my foundation to make it a valuable service to young people. people.”