On 26th January the Chatham & Clarendon Grammar School 3D HUB were invited to attend the BETT show at the EXCEL Centre London. We joined the CREATE Education team on the Ultimaker stand as advisors on 3D printing in secondary education. We offered advice and insight to representatives from school and industry throughout the day. Sharing our experiences, and resources on how we have used 3D printers in different keys stages were very rewarding; our online resources we recently developed for the delivery of the new GCSE specification were well received.

We displayed 3D printed student work, illustrating the potential of 3D printing in schools. Stan Chicks and Henry Small Bones A-level projects were amongst the student work displayed, and the creative way in which they used the 3D printers to develop their project work drew a lot of attention and commendation.

We also displayed our recent 3D printed project with PML.  Collaborations with outside agents and the positive effects the collaborative experience has on student progression drew a lot of interest. As did the 3D printing teaching aids the placement students at the HUB have been working on, which are stored online through the CREATE Education for free download to anyone. Our 3D printed injection and Blow moulder are two recent examples of this.

Our 3D HUB placement students gained knowledge and new understanding from the Ultimaker team and the educational community of creative of 3D printers. The CREATE Education team and Ultimaker continue to be impressed with the creativity of CCGS students and the progress coming from our 3D HUB.

The CREATE Education Project would like to thank Tom Brewin, Head of Creativity at Chatham & Clarendon Grammar School, along with his 3D Hub Team Joe Phillips and Sophie Rose for taking the time to join us at the BETT show and display their projects.

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