The MCA (Manchester Communication Academy) is a non-selective school situated in Harpurhey, Manchester. The schools technology department is a thriving Educational Hub where 3D printing technology is available to over a thousand pupils, aged 11-16.

The Hub consists of seven 3D printers, four Ultimakers (3X Ultimaker 2go and one Ultimaker 2+), two Makerbots and one Qbee, all of which are utilised in both lesson time and after school clubs. The Hub meets the needs of the current curriculum and through the technology of 3D printing, students are able to be much more creative with their work in subjects such as: product design, engineering, art, graphics and 3D printing. Outside of lesson time, Hub leaders run afterschool clubs where students can make the most of the resources in the Hub to engage in projects such as badge projects, key ring projects and car prototype projects.

The advantage of having Educational Hubs in schools is to ensure that students are fully equipped for the world of work, such modern 3D technology can assist students in acquiring both the skills and knowledge necessary in order to achieve the best jobs in growth industries.

Hub leaders Tom McCrory and Ryan Cretney commented “We are really excited to be part of the CREATE network and the opportunities this will bring to our students, staff and community. We are convinced this project will ensure our students benefit from the use of the latest technology and information and realise their aspirations in the industry/sector.”

The MCA were recently featured as an Educational Hub on CREATE’s blog, follow the link to read more.


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