Preparing Pupils For The Future
Imagine a future where products can be created on demand, in your own home or at work. Where companies go to market by selling their 3D print file. This is the world primary school pupils today are likely to grow up in.
According to the OECD: "schools have to prepare students for jobs that have not yet been created, technologies that have not yet been invented and problems that we don't yet know will arise."
3D printing works well to help develop a range of skills in pupils:
- Combines Maths, English and Design Technology skills
- Enables problem solving
- Encourages pupils to work as a team
- Develops collaboration
- Teaches them to compromise
- Improves spacial awareness
- Boosts creativity
- Promotes entrepreneurial thinking
If you were to tell people that you are using 3D printing in your school, most people will be surprised and impressed. It is an emerging technology; any 3D printing related activities at your school are likely to improve both the reputation of the school and the teachers involved. This benefits not just the teachers, but the pupils benefit from the school getting a better reputation.
Parents' & Pupils' Response
"Everyone who saw the project and outcome, children, parents, governors and staff, were amazed and excited about it." -Ripon Cathedral Primary School