Sarah Jones is one of our newest members of the team and what better way to introduce her to the world of 3D Printing in education than sending her to the Burnley College Lancashire Science Festival!
Sarah wrote a little post to tell us how it went.
As a new team member for Ultimaker GB and the CREATE Education Project this was the first event I have attended. Initially I was apprehensive, but I forgot this as soon as our first visitors arrived at our stand. Seeing the enthusiastic and positive reactions of children and teachers was both encouraging and rewarding.
It was super to watch the children looking at the 3D Printers in awe, then handling the 3D pieces we had on display. A print of the lower part of the spine proved very popular. Teachers remarked on the accuracy and detail of the models and saw for themselves what a brilliant interactive learning tool it is. Particularly as they saw that the models can be used across a wide range of curriculum subjects.
A simple task, asking children to design something they would like to 3D Print was a great success. We had lots of suggestions including printing prosthetic legs which incorporated springs so the wearer could jump around, to my favourite, which amuses everyone – a 3D Printed wig for Donald Trump. We wanted to have this as a little competition to show how children are already understanding some of the design thinking that is necessary to progress into a future that could entail 3D Printing in a chosen industry. The winner will receive a goodie bag and their idea 3D Printed. Below are a few of the ideas we picked out.
What you can take from these designs is that we can see budding product designers, doctors, conservationists, astrologers and archaeologists in the making, all of which are industries already taking advantage of 3D Printing.
Well done to everyone who took part, we will be in touch with the winner very soon!