Last week, we invited one of our CREATE Education Ambassador’s, Gareth Dyer, and his team of students down to the Technical Centre at 3DGBIRE for a 3D Printing workshop and a tour to show them all the different 3D Printers, 3D Scanners, and Thermoforming technologies

Gareth is a Year 6 teacher at Hempland Primary School in York, and we at CREATE Education are sponsoring his Year 6 F1 in Schools Team for the second year. Gareth is the lead teacher for Computing and DT, so introducing 3D Printing was essential, he felt, to move the students’ learning into the future. He introduced 3D Printing to the school over a year ago through the CREATE Education loan scheme. He now has two 3D Printers and has embedded them in the curriculum.

3D Printing: Impact on the Curriculum

“As a result of having the two 3D Printers in schools, we now are able to give the students a lot more freedom and control of what they are doing with their 3D Printing. This has allowed them to develop STEM skills independently for their future learning and careers”. 

Since embedding 3D Printing across the school, the curriculum has evolved, and the impact on the students has been significant. Teachers have received CPD and training centred on 3D Printing to be sure that they are confident in delivering these career-focused STEM skills to students.

Before working with CREATE Education, Gareth said 3D Printing had never even crossed his mind. Having two 3D Printers has completely changed the way Hempland Primary School delivers its Computing and DT curriculum, and now they look at everything through an Engineering or Additive Manufacturing lens, with a keen eye on developing the student’s skills for future growth career routes. The most significant impact has been on the students’ engagement in lessons.

Gareth said, “Children across the school are now so excited to be in lessons, and students who have never shown an interest in Computing can’t wait to 3D print and design new ideas. All this has resulted from CREATE Education and having the chance to use 3D Printing with our students. Without CREATE Education, there would be no 3D Printing in our school, and the students would not have had the chance to be impacted”.

Whilst only Year 5 and 6 students have access to the 3D Printer, 3D Design, and Additive Manufacturing concepts are taught throughout the school. Students throughout the school have been taught the skills of 3D modelling and are confident in designing things independently using Autodesk Tinkercad.

Each year, the group also has the opportunity to use the 3D Printer to 3D print their models, which Gareth says has greatly impacted every student! 

He said, “As a result of having the two 3D Printers in schools, we now are able to give the students a lot more freedom and control of what they are doing with their 3D Printing. This has allowed them to develop STEM skills independently for their future learning and careers”.

Focusing on one project that had particularly imprinted on his memory, Gareth recalled, “One project that massively impressed me was when we had an opportunity to design and build a fairground ride! Two students decided to take this challenge on themselves. The students consistently put work in on the project, working on it with no help from me. After working on it so much they brought it to me as a finished product, which was a massive WOW for me! 

It just showed me how far the students and 3D Printing had come and the impact it was having on them! They were so engaged, they wanted to complete the project on their own”.

Gareth concluded, “Having 3D Printing in school will massively help the students for the future as they will already have the background knowledge in the industry and the field they want to go into. Students who have never thought about a career in 3D Printing and didn’t bother are now so engaged and want to push themselves to get into an Additive Manufacturing career.” 

When asked about the skills that they had learnt, the students said, “We’ve learned about the importance of trying, and keeping trying even if it doesn’t immediately succeed – something that’s important in all areas. We’ve learned how to become engineers, which will really help in the future; there’s not a lot of engineers out there, so they’re in high demand.” 

They also added, “We’ve learnt patience, perseverance, iteration, as well as the 3D modelling software.”

Team CREATE F1 in Schools Bid

The team of four Year 6 students are currently taking part in F1 in Schools. F1 in Schools challenges students to assemble an F1 team to design and build a model F1 car, which is later tested on a race day.

Although Primary School entrants cannot use 3D Printing in their F1 cars directly, the students are interested in 3D Printing and want to learn about how it impacts real-life F1 projects and how they might be able to use it in future F1 in School competitions. That is why a visit to the Tech Centre was perfect!

Team CREATE has also recently worked with York RFC to put together a sponsorship proposal pack, which has helped them pitch to our Additive Manufacturing partners, landing them further sponsorship from Mayku and UltiMaker.

3DGBIRE Technical Centre Visit

During their visit to the Technical Centre, the students participated in an F1-themed workshop. Students started by learning about Newton’s Law of motion and then applied this to designing the lightest wheels possible for a balloon car. Using Tinkercad, students created their wheels, considering strength vs weight and decorative features, too!

When sliced, using UltiMaker CURA software,  the students’ wheels were within a gram of each other; however, they took very different approaches to their designs. The girl’s team cut out spokes and then inlay them with minor material exclusions to make them lighter and more decorative. The boy’s team worked the other way, making a hollow wheel and only adding the spokes needed to create strength and robustness.

The students were introduced to 3D Scanning, using a Shining 3D Einscan SE while the wheels were printed on our UltiMaker 2+ Connect, ready for testing. In F1, ergonomic steering wheels are crafted through the drivers using clay to imprint their grip. This clay is then used to create an exact fit to their grip. Students were given lumps of clay and asked to create a grip for their bike handles using the same techniques. One of these was then 3D Scanned, showing them how the workflow would advance.

In addition to the workshop, students also had a tour of the Tech Centre, looking at all of the available applications, materials, and 3D technology. Students were wowed by the silicone and ceramic applications of the Lynxter and the metal prints from Raise3D and Meltio, but what especially took their interest was the flexible and lightweight parts produced on the HP printer. They also looked at the more advanced scanners from Shining 3D and heard the story about how one of our Ambassadors saved a horse’s life using 3D Scanning.

The day concluded with a careers talk, taking them through the possible routes into Additive Manufacturing and the jobs for the future!  

The students enjoyed the day and were engaged and interested throughout, which shows they are keen to use 3D Printing to enhance their F1 in Schools bid.

F1 in Schools: Team Bullet ride another year!

Last year, CREATE Education sponsored Team Bullet, who were in Year 6 at Hempland Primary School. The group of girls from Team Bullet are now in Year 7. As their Secondary School doesn’t provide F1 in Schools, Gareth is now mentoring their team in an after-school club! The good news is, for their F1 in schools project this year, they can use 3D Printing, and they are already ahead of the game due to their learning and development at Hempland!

Good luck to Team CREATE and Team Bullet!