My name is Edward Cecil and I recently won the First News Takeover Challenge competition at the Science Museum. To enter, I had to send in a video saying why I wanted the job and I said that I wanted the chance to teach other children and adults about science, and to inspire people to get involved with science.
The winner of the competition won the role of an Explainer in the Science Museum for a day – that person was me.
I was thrilled when I found out I’d won!
I arrived at the Museum on 18 October at nine o’clock. There I met with Kenny, the Head of Learning Operations at the Museum, and our First News Live! cameraman Alex. I was taken up to Wonderlab: The Statoil Gallery to start the day’s work.
I was shown around Wonderlab to choose a few exhibits to learn about.
Explainers already working at the Museum were very helpful in explaining these to me. I helped prepare some dry ice for the ‘Icy Bodies’ exhibit and the chemistry demonstration in the gallery.
After lunch I started my job as an Explainer. I went around the gallery and explained my favourite exhibits to visitors. This was great fun, and I really enjoyed working with the children and adults who had visited the Museum.
Overall I found the day very interesting; I can’t wait until our film comes to First News Live!, and I hope that I have achieved my goal of inspiring the next generation of scientists.
By Edward Cecil, 13 Years Old. You can watch Edward in action as a Science Museum Explainer in this First News Live! film.
Wonderlab: The Statoil Gallery © Plastiques Photography, courtesy of the Science Museum