Youngsters are being inspired to think like engineers by an interactive exhibition at the Science Museum that has been put together by a team led by Focus Consultants.
The company has been the project manager, quantity surveyor and contract administrator for Engineer Your Future – its first appointment at the museum in South Kensington, London.
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The three-year exhibition, recently opened by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales in the museum’s contemporary science wing, puts visitors’ problem-solving skills to the test, exploring engineering through large-scale, high quality interactive games and digital experiences that bring to life the skills engineers use every day.
It is hoped the free exhibition will encourage more young people to enter engineering as a profession in the future.
Focus Consultants, which is based at Phoenix Business Park, Nottingham, and has branches in London, Leicester and in Boston and Aubourn in Lincolnshire, has worked on projects at numerous museums over the past 20 years including the Victoria & Albert, the National Army Museum and the National Maritime Museum.
Focus Associate Eleanor Clarke said: “We are very pleased to have worked alongside other highly skilled professionals in the team who have put together the Engineer Your Future exhibition, and we hope it will inspire the next generation of engineers.
“Although Focus has worked at many prestigious museums across the UK, this was our first at the Science Museum which is one of London’s major tourist attractions. We were delighted to have been appointed as the project manager for such an important exhibition that has the backing of internationally known organisations.”
Engineer Your Future has been generously supported by key organisations, including ABB, BT, EDF Energy, IBM, Mott MacDonald, National Grid, Network Rail and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, with additional support from the Royal Academy of Engineering.
Business Secretary Vince Cable said: “Inspiring the next generation of engineers is vital if the sector is to grow and compete internationally which is why a long-term commitment to world-class skills is at the heart of our Industrial Strategy.
“Through the Your Life Campaign we have joined forces with industry, academia and institutions, including the Science Museum, to encourage young people to study maths and physics. We are committed to ensuring young people have the skills employers want and need and are delighted to be investing in this innovative exhibition.”