The Make in Salford Engage, Educate, Engineer programme is a collaboration between The University of Salford Morson Makerspace and CREATE Education. The programme is funded by The Morson Group – a global leader in technical recruitment and engineering excellence based in Salford.
The first part of the collaboration consisted of a Pilot programme which was run during the Spring and Summer of 2019 alongside 9 local Salford Schools. The pilot programme had the following aims:
- To develop links with local schools and promote Salford University and the Morson Makerspace facilities.
- To provide the latest additive manufacturing technologies to local schools.
- To train and upskill teachers in local schools in additive manufacturing technologies and the potential use in the curriculum.
- To deliver an engineering Challenge for Year 8 students to participate in, to encourage creativity and problem solving whilst developing an understanding of engineering.
- to raise awareness of engineering and additive manufacturing careers, inspiring students into engineering and to encourage the uptake of Design Technology and Engineering at KS4 and beyond.
The programme consisted of a full day CPD for teachers hosted at the Morson Makerspace, a full day 3D printing and challenge workshop for up to 60 students at participating schools, and the Morson Challenge Project with accompanying resources for students to work on. The pilot culminated with a celebration event hosted at the Morson Makerspace to allow students to showcase their work and celebrate their success. All schools participating in the programme were gifted an Ultimaker 2+ 3D printer by the Morson Group, they were also provided with a second 3D printer on loan from The CREATE Education Project.