Funded by BAE Systems and delivered by CREATE Education, the #InspiringLancashire project has provided a 3D printing program to 52 Secondary schools in Lancashire. Half way through the program delivery, each school has received an Ultimaker 2+ Connect 3D Printer, Filamentive Material bundle, CPD training for two teachers and two in-school STEM workshop days (including careers element) for Year 8 students.
The project is being evaluated through different means including through questionnaires with teachers and students, video interviews with teachers and students, direct feedback from schools and by schools completing our School Excellence Framework at the beginning, mid-point and end of the programme.
In September 2022 – half way through the programme, following the teacher training and the school workshops, a mid-point evaluation report has been produced.
We were amazed at the responses, here is a summary.
52 Secondary Schools
103 Teachers trained
2368 Year 8 students directly impacted through student workshop days at their school (this number is set to increase as further workshops are delivered).
3807 Additional students indirectly impacted as a result of the programme through the access to 3D printing technology provided to the participating Secondary Schools (based on data provided from 25/52 Schools).
70% of students said that this project made them consider their KS4 options leading to a job in science, technology or engineering.
81% of students said they were either confident or very confident in using the 3D modelling software.
67% of students said they were either confident or very confident in slicing and preparing 3D models for 3D printing.
72% of students said they were either confident or very confident in 3D printing their models.
98% of teachers said they were either confident or very confident in the applications of 3D printing and additive manufacturing in different industries and how this translates to potential career choices.
98% of teachers said the project has helped them to develop or significantly develop professionally.
100% of teachers said the workshops had improved or significantly improved the development of new and specialist digital skills with learners.
100% of teachers said the workshops had generated a positive change in learner attitudes e.g. wellbeing, a change in attitude or preconceptions, enabling them to make wider, different or more informed choices and/or improved life or life chances.
100% of teachers said the learners had made a connection to how the workshops could impact on future life chances e.g. awareness of roles in science, technology and engineering, career choices.