On 30th November to 2nd December, 42 teachers and technicians from 24 Lancashire schools taking part in the BAE Systems funded #InspiringLancashire Project attended the CREATE Education HQ in Chorley for a full day of 3D printer training.
The day commenced with an introduction to additive manufacturing, the applications of the technology in industry and society, and the careers opportunities available to students now and in the future. This was followed by a school evaluation exercise using the CREATE Education 3D Printing Excellence framework to assess the schools current 3D offering across a number of areas. This evaluation exercise will be repeated at the end of the academic year so schools can assess their progress and understand how to further develop their school offering.
During the training, each school was gifted their Ultimaker 2+ Connect 3D printer and a Filamentive Filament Education Bundle to take back to their school. Teachers and technicians then learnt how to set up and operate their 3D printer along with some basic troubleshooting and maintenance.
During the course of the day, they also learnt about the 3D printing process, 3D modelling using Onshape CAD software and slicing using Cura software. By the end of the day each school had designed, sliced and 3D printed a model.
The day was rounded off with a session looking at how 3D printing could be effectively embedded into the curriculum with lots of project examples and links to free CREATE Education resources.
Finally, each school boxed up their 3D printer ready to take back to school and start using it in school. Armed with a CREATE Education Bronze 3D Educator Certificate and a collection of resources and links to access further free training resources and support.
“It was a really good day to visit the office and meet the staff who were all extremely knowledgeable and helpful in the unboxing and installation of the 3d printer. The information and presentation that were provided are valuable teaching resources that can be used in class to inform colleagues and pupils. The office environment had been carefully arranged and was a really professional standard. The team had clearly prepared the space with much care for the best delivery of the sessions. The quality of the communication, product, resources and delivery were all exceptionally good.”
“It has been so far a really unique opportunity to be involved in this programme and I am looking forward to returning to school with our machine and enriching our curriculum to unlock the future skills potential for our pupils. The commitment to this programme from BAE is well received and will give the young people in our county a significant advantage to secure highly skilled jobs in the local area. This programme will benefit generations of learners and also complement the teaching of 3D design by enabling us to deliver additive manufacturing in the classroom. With no more time to ‘waste’ – the future is additive!”
Neil Hodgeson, Curriculum Leader D&T, St Augustine’s Roman Catholic High School.