The Technicians gallery at the Science Museum in London aims to showcase technical careers. It is a fully interactive, hands-on exhibit, highlighting the vital and varied roles of technicians across sectors – from genomics to space travel - through engaging workshop activities.
Laura Durrant, an Advanced Research Assistant at the Wellcome Sanger Institute, is running hands-on activities at the gallery. Through the popular game of Battleships, Laura has been bringing her work in DNA sequencing laboratories to life, inspiring young minds to try their hand at a career they may have never envisioned before.
We sat down with Laura to hear about her involvement in the gallery, why she thinks engagement initiatives like this are important, and what she hopes pupils visiting the museum will gain.