I recently joined Cranleigh School in Surrey as Head of Design with the mission to modernise the department and introduce new technologies such as 3D Printing and Robotics. I have always had an interest in these two key areas of Design & Engineering and have witnessed first-hand the power and impact that both 3D Printing and Robotics can have in a curriculum. Working in partnership with Teach Design I have been fortunate enough to help introduce robotics into 30 London schools through the hugely successful London STEM Leaders campaign where I was involved with equipping fellow teachers with the knowledge and guidance required to successfully introduce robotics to their schools. I have also been part of the National 3D Printing campaign to develop a bank of curriculum materials based around 3D Printing.
I first introduced 3D Printing at Cranleigh through the kit form Ultimaker Original + which has gone down an absolute storm with the pupils and they are thoroughly enjoying learning all about how a 3D printer works by building one themselves. Read there blog here: http://www.createeducation.com/blog/cranleigh-school-ultimaker-original-kit-build/ Cranleigh’s A-Level Product Designers have also enjoyed their first taste of 3D Printing by modelling their concepts for brands in 2030 using Autodesk Fusion 360 and witnessing them coming to life before their eyes on a 3D printer. My aim to is to introduce 3D printing at every key stage to both further inspire and challenge my pupils to reach their full potential.