Inspiring the next generation of engineers
We are proud to be the delivering partner in this beacon project with University of Salford and Morson Group for our ongoing programme of engagement to upskill local schools and teachers in digital creativity and manufacturing.
Together with the Morson Maker Space we have taken nine high schools within the Salford borough through a series of hands on workshops and CPD sessions, provided them with Ultimaker desktop 3D Printers and supported the development of a Future Design Challenge which will culminate in a Celebration Day in September where all of the schools will come together at Morson Maker Space to showcase their designs and projects along with local industry partners.
Morson Maker Space is part of the new Engineering Showcase at Salford University, which will provide state-of-the-art smart technologies, additive manufacturing labs to students, staff, and industry partners to innovate in research and prototype new product ideas.
“We are building on the proud engineering history at the University of Salford by offering training to local teachers to gain practical hands-on digital skills to help us engage with bright talent to consider engineering as a future career”, says Dr Maria Stukoff, Director of the Maker Space.
Each of the nine participating schools (as detailed below) were provided with a free 3D printing STEM kit funded by Morson Group.
- Buile Hill Visual Arts College
- Oasis Academy MediaCityUK
- Ellesmere Park High School
- Salford City Academy
- St Ambrose Barlow RC High School
- Walkden High School
- Moorside High School
- The Albion Academy
- Irlam and Cadishead College
The 3D STEM kit provided each School with their own UItimaker 2+ 3D printer and the workshops delivered to groups of Year 8 students, developed design ideas and 2D designs and 3D prototypes and discussed the use of 3D printing within industry and future career opportunities.
All participants were able to gain 3D design and 3D printing skills during the sessions and an insight into Industry 4.0 careers to take forward with them.
Each school will now work with students to develop a specific STEM challenge project and select their winning team of students from each school to present and showcase the project at the Make in Salford Celebration Event.
The winning school will be decided on the day and presented with the Morson Futures Trophy.
We can’t wait to see the creations and are privileged to be involved with such a rewarding and inspiring initiative.
“We launched the CREATE Education project in 2014 and are excited to be working in partnership with the Maker Space! This allows us to bring together award winning 3D printers, to make innovation and digital creativity accessible to everybody”, adds Paul Croft, Director of UltimakerGB, Founder of the CREATE Education Project.
The Make in Salford project showcases the importance of collaboration between industry, government and education in the investment and development of the next generation of engineers and the importance of learning the skills of tomorrow, today.