Our latest CREATE Education Hub Launch took us to the coastal marine town of Ramsgate in Kent. Chatham & Clarendon Grammar School opened their doors to myself, local press and our Education Ambassador, Steve Cox to showcase their technology department’s 3D Hub.
Head of Department Mr Tom Brewin told us how three years of development and planning had finally paid off and through committed, enthusiastic teachers and students including Michael Spain, Teacher of D&T plus Dylan Colper a University placement student, they are now able to offer a springboard for students into quality career paths in design and engineering.
Having consistently achieved this the Hub has grown and in perfect synergy with our CREATE Education Project and is now collaborating with primary and secondary schools locally, a national marine research facility at Plymouth and local industry partners. Assistant Head, Chris Bowman told me how he had taught both Michael and Tom at the school so to back their vision to grow the department with aims to expand into geography and sciences was an investment in their people and the future of their students.
At the core of the Hub are a number of Ultimaker 2 3D printers and a team of very dedicated students and staff. Dr Robert Brewin of Plymouth Marine Laboratory states “The CCGS Hub allows Grammar School students to realise complicated designs of commercial significance, which using past technologies available in schools would not have been possible.”
I was delighted to meet and talk to some of the students about the Hub and the impact it had on their own learning outcomes. Year 13 student Senuro Ratiyala is working on a package for schools linking marine biology with 3D printing. I was blown away with his complex design and print of this piece designed to be attached on the underneath of a surfboard to collect plankton samples which was produced for Plymouth Marine Laboratory:
The strong links between the school and Plymouth Marine Laboratory has come alive through the students love of 3D printing, so much that the school has been recently co-authored on a Marine Biological paper through the design and 3D printing of near shore scientific crowd sourcing platforms.
Year 11 Student Will Goodsell pictured here with Headteacher Miss Liddicoat and his ‘Teardrop Lamp’ told me that without the Ultimakers he would never have been able to make the frame and access to the technology has significantly improved his grade adding the printers are much faster and produce much better quality prints than any other 3D printer he has used.
Caitlin Cronin pictured here with her ‘Thor Hammer Lamp’ is planning on going on to study physics at university and said with the Ultimaker 3D printers there is no limit to what they can produce.
Steve and I were both seriously impressed by the level of commitment and talent showcased and we are looking forward to working closely with our latest CREATE Education Hub as they bring the endless possibilities of 3D printing to life within cross curricular subjects.
Tom who has helped the school to win national awards in the MakeIT competition added “With all the Hub’s ongoing projects, especially the Plymouth Marine Laboratory near shore crowd sourcing briefs this a really exciting time to be teaching and learning within CCGS”.
Article by Michelle Chatterley https://www.createeducation.com