In November 2016, the CREATE Education Project hosted a STEM event at the stunningĀ Forrest Hills venue atĀ Lancaster University. The morning session was attended by 120 Year 5 and 6 pupils from 4 local primary schools.

Pupils took place in 2 design activities related to 3D printing. In this activity, students were introduced to 3D printing technology and the many applications and benefits to society. Pupils were set a design challenge with a prize for the winning entry’s school.

The challenge was “If you had a 3D printer, what would you make”. Pupils threw themselves into the challenge coming up with a wide variety of design ideas.

The 120 entries have been reviewed an after much discussion and deliberation our two favourite entries from each school have been shortlisted and are showcased here. The shortlist will be judged and winner will be announced in January.

Dallas Road Community Primary School

Description
It is glow in the dark, waterproof and lightweight.

Why did you develop this idea?
If you break your leg you can use it for helping you walk.

Description
It is like two more arms.

Why did you develop this idea?
To help people who don’t have energy or strength (like the elderly) or to help busy parents.

Ellel St. John’s CE Primary School

Description
This is for anyone who doesn’t have a grip on their cutlery. You can get them in different colours and designs like cartoons and films.

Why did you develop this idea?
So people can be more independent.

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.

Quernmore CE (VC) Primary School

Description
My idea is a splint with flashing lights and coloured streaks on it.

Why did you develop this idea?
I developed this idea because my cousin has very weak bones so he needs a splint to help them to be more sturdy.

Description
My design is a toy for my fish. They can swim through the doorway.

Why did you develop this idea?
Because I think my fish would like it.

Sedburgh School

Description
It is a quick and easy device and helps you daily.

Why did you develop this idea?
Because it will help you in everyday life.

Description
My product would change someones life if one leg is growing more than the other, one insole would be thicker than the other.

Why did you develop this idea?
So then you would look the same height and fit in.

Many thanks to our ambassador Mike Mead for delivering this workshop to the pupils on the day. The pupils seemed to thoroughly enjoy the experience.

In The Classroom

ThisĀ is a great activity for introducing students to 3D printing, itā€™s applications and benefits to society.

You can view this activity andĀ download this lesson and accompanying resources is available to download on our accompanying resource page

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