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The Science Museum

Technicians: The David Sainsbury Gallery is a permanent, interactive exhibition at the Science Museum which allows young people to step into an interactive world of careers and explore a variety of technician roles. Aimed at 11-16 year olds, visitors can try hands-on exhibits which 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. Schools can also book ‘Meet an Employee’ sessions where Key Stage 3 and 4 students can meet a technician and experience what it’s like to do their job through hands-on activities and Q&A sessions.

Technicians: The David Sainsbury Gallery and the Technicians:

We Make the Difference campaign

The Technicians: We Make the Difference website shows 11-16 year olds how they can follow their skills and interests and find an exciting technician careers suited to them, which they don’t need a degree to get into. On our website and in our teacher resources, we showcase 100 technician roles across a range of industries such as engineering, food and drink, fashion, film and TV, healthcare, manufacturing, agriculture, design and more, to show young people the many ‘hidden technicians’ working in interesting and exciting roles. We showcase ‘Technician Stories’, for each of these 100 roles, showing technicians who are following non-university routes of education and training such as apprenticeships and T-levels, talking about their role, what they do and why they love their job.

The Technicians: We Make the Difference technicians have also just been awarded the Royal Society’s Hauksbee Award, for ‘outstanding achievements in science to a team whose work is mostly ‘behind the scenes’ or in support, including technicians, research office staff or other contributors who might not normally be recognised’.

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Visit Technicians: We Make the Difference and find out more about the crucial, exciting roles technicians play right across society, and the different paths you can take to join us… 

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