As another academic year nears the end, it is a good time to reflect on the last year and to look forward to the next academic year. After 18 months of disruption including isolation periods, restrictions on movements around school and limited access to equipment and tools it is looking likely that the next academic year will allow for some return to normality. So now is a good time to plan for what you would like to achieve – perhaps you would like to develop some extra curricular or wider curricular experiences for your students; develop your own skills further; introduce new software, technologies and tools; or simply just adapt or introduce some new curriculum projects.
Whatever your goals and plans, read on to see how CREATE Education can support you in introducing or in developing further your use of 3D printing in school.
Our loan scheme allows you to borrow a 3D printer, 3D scanner or desktop vacuum former with consumables for up to 4 weeks. This allows you to try out new technology whilst running a project with your students. However, our loan scheme is very popular and we operate on a first come first served basis. So if you are interested in this, now is the time to plan ahead and book your loan before the September rush.
CPD and Training
Perhaps you are not getting the most out of your 3D printer, or you have just purchased one and don’t know where to start. Or you could be a more experienced user that wants to learn advanced techniques using the software or you have a technician who could benefit from some technical training.
We also run a series of free introductory twilight CPD webinars throughout the year.
Take the pain out of planning and preparing new projects by making use of our expanding library of free resources. These range from lesson plans, tutorials and worksheets to complete fully resourced projects, including:
- Primary Resources providing a range of projects and activities for use across the curriculum with ages 4-11.
- Secondary Resources for Design & Technology and other subject areas for ages 11-18.
- Object of the Week provides regular opportunities throughout the year for students to explore the world of 3D printing with a series of stand-alone cross-curricular activities and resources to use alongside the objects.
- Careers Resources including Careers assembly slides, careers case study profiles and student research tasks.
- Classroom prints – a growing range of 3D printed classroom resources for use across the curriculum such as maths manipulatives, science, history and geography models.
- Project Ideas with editable project based learning templates for planning your own projects.
- Software resources – learn about various free software options, with resources and links to help you learn the software.
- Thingiverse – 3D Printed models to print.
Our range of education guides have been created to help you with adoption of 3D printing technology, these cover a range of topics including:
- Curriculum Guides – Primary Cross Curricular, Computing, Design & Technology, Knowledge & Skills Progression
- Purchasing Guides – 3D Printer Funding Guide, Which 3D Printer Education Buyers Guide.
- Technology Support – Getting Started, Troubleshooting
The curriculum guides in particular are a great reference point for planning your projects for the next year, containing lots of ideas, suggestions and links to project resources.
Holding STEAM or STEM Days, or even a STEM week provides a great opportunity for enrichment. We can help you by delivering stand alone 3D printing workshops, or if you wish to run the activities yourself we can suggest and provide fully resourced projects with remote project delivery CPD to show you the ropes.