Thursday 24th October 2019 marked a momentous occasion in the CREATE Education history books with the launch of the UK’s first Primary Education 3D Printing Hub in collaboration with industry partners Rolls-Royce at Wyndham Primary Academy in Derby.

The event to celebrate Wyndham’s achievement included a welcome from pupils who sang and gave a fully signed performance to Take That’s Greatest Day for guests, followed by a ribbon cutting and official opening of the Hub ceremony led by headteacher Kirsty Ryan.

Speeches were given by Paul Broadhead – Head of Community Investment and Education Outreach at Rolls-Royce, Paul Croft – Founder of CREATE Education and Kirsty Ryan – Headteacher of Wyndham Primary Academy, with the pupils then leading a show and tell insight to what they had developed using the 3D printers in line with the STREAM (Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering and Mathematics) curriculum they had been studying.

At Rolls-Royce, we are committed to ensuring that every single child has the opportunity to be excited and inspired by the world of STEM. That’s why we jumped at the chance to partner with CREATE Education on this pioneering project”. Paul Broadhead, Head of Community Investment and Education Outreach at Rolls-Royce.

Guests were treated to lunch and networking opportunity with other schools representatives and dignitaries from the local community including An Duong who is a Rolls-Royce STEM Ambassador & a CREATE Education Ambassador plus Gogglebox regular, Baasit Siddiqui who, as the founder of ‘Siddiqui Education’ is passionate about supporting disadvantaged schools aiming to bridge the attainment gap through engaging workshops (more here: Siddiqui played a large part of the hub application as he made the initial introduction to Wyndham around 12 months previously, and as a result, they submitted their bid to be the UK’s first CREATE Education Primary Hub.

Following lunch and refreshments, students spoke about how embedding 3D printing as a cross-curricular tool will impact their education, with one saying “using 3D printing and books allows you to interact more”. Attendees were invited to take part in 3D printing activities with invitees including runners-up in the competition from Allenton Community Primary School, Gayton Junior School and Richardson Endowed Primary School. The pupils took part in a 3D printing activity lesson using the Ultimaker 2+ 3D printers to create Ancient Egyptian models with guests observing the lesson.

“We were honoured to partner with Rolls-Royce to find a primary school who deserved to be appointed as the UK’s first primary level CREATE Education Hub.  The task was more difficult than we first thought, with many schools in the selection process really working hard to engage their pupils often in deprived areas in STEAM subjects.  Wyndham was a perfect choice, they share many of our values and have the vision to ensure that through deeper learning all pupils have an equal chance to achieve their dreams”. Michelle Chatterley, Head of CREATE Education.

The CREATE Education Project is looking to do further such programmes nationwide to assist and inspire both education and industry, to develop needed skills for the future, whilst addressing educational attainment of Gatsby benchmarks. If you’d like to get involved, please contact us on 01257 276 116.

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