At the end of November, the CREATE Education Project hosted a unique STEM event for schools in Lancaster consisting of workshops for Primary and Secondary students. In each workshop students were set a challenge with a Cash prize for the winning entry kindly donated by Ken Newsham from the stunning Forrest Hills Venue that hosted the event.

Primary Challenge

In the morning 120 Pupils from 4 Primary schools gathered to learn about 3D printing and how the technology was being used across all areas of society. The pupils were challenged to think of an innovative idea of what they would make if they had a 3D printer. The ideas were amazing, practical items, fun items, decorative items and items that assist people with disabilites and health problems were all suggested. From this we drew a shortlist of 2 finalists from each school, you can see the shortlisted ideas here. However choosing a winner proved to be very difficult leading to much discussion in the office as all the ideas were completely different and everyone had a different favourite. So democracy ruled and we put it to a vote.

The winning design was voted¬†to be this innovative “Shoelace Clip” designed by Lola from Ellel St. John’s Primary school. We liked this design because it solves a really common problem experienced by many children. We think it would be a very marketable product, with a low production cost and a large potential consumer market. Well done Lola, you have won ¬£100 for the school and a certificate is on it’s way to you!

The Winning Design

The winning design was voted¬†to be this innovative “Shoelace Clip” designed by Lola from Ellel St. John’s Primary school. Well done Lola, you have won ¬£100 for the school and a certificate is on it’s way to you!

Description
If you don’t have time to do your shoelaces, then you can use a special clip. The clip sucks up the laces and they get stuck on the clip.

Why did you develop this idea?
I always have my shoelaces undone because I am too busy to do them.

Why we liked this design
We liked this design because it solves a really common problem experienced by many children. We think it would be a very marketable product, with a low production cost and a large potential consumer market.

Secondary Challenge

In the afternoon 40 Yr9 Girls from 4 secondary schools arrived for to learn about some of the opportunities for women in Engineering and Medical careers. They listened to talks from inspirational women engineers and learned from Dr. Patrick Keating how 3D printing was being used to build human body models for students to practice surgical skills on.

During the afternoon, the girls were set a challenge to Design and Make a 3D printed model of an animal cell to use for teaching purposes. This had to be accompanied by a lesson presentation about cells. In teams the girls spent time planning their model designs and presentations before returning to school to continue working on the projects.

The quality of all the entries was outstanding and the models were far better than we ever anticipated. The presentations submitted to accompany the models were also very detailed. We soon selected the two finalists, but again it was very difficult to choose between the two solutions. In the end, the entry from Georgia, Evie, Olivia and Holly from Broughton High School just edged ahead to win the challenge as their presentation better met the initial specification, we also liked the way your model was designed in layers that pulled apart to see inside. Well done Georgia, Evie, Olivia and Holly, you have won £400 for the school and certificates are on the way to you!

The Winning Team

Runners Up

Special recognition also has to go the runners-up, Team A from Ripley High School, we loved their model design with removeable cover, the beautiful finish on the model and also the inclusion of a quiz in their presentation.

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