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TCT Inspired Minds 2017

Successful student program TCT Inspired Minds re-launches for 2017 designed to inspire the next generation of engineers with hands-on experience of 3D technologies.

BCA is delighted to announce that the TCT Inspired Minds program will return at the TCT Show later this year. Taking place on 26th-28th September 2017 the program will run concurrently throughout the three days of the event.

BCA and TCT remain committed to accelerating the adoption of 3D technologies and inspiring the next generation of product designers and engineers is a key aspect of this mission.

Inspired Minds will provide over 300 schoolchildren the opportunity to get real hands-on experience at the three-day 3D technology spectacular event inspiring them to continue their STEM education and pursue a career in the 3D printing and additive manufacturing industry.

Previous editions witnessed students take part in interactive courses designed to complement their existing STEM curriculum right at the heart of the event floor before heading out to the expansive exhibition to look more closely at a selection of over 200 exhibitors and their wares.

For 2017, the classroom has been expanded and the range of technologies will mesh with a programme, developed by Black Country Atelier, working with the CREATE Education Project Ltd, which will encourage pupils to apply real world design and manufacture thinking into their work using a range of technologies that reflect the importance of an integrated set of tools in the classroom and an ecosystem that includes not only technology, but teacher training and the new curriculum.

Jing Lu, CEO of Black Country Atelier, said

“With the overhaul of Design and Technology due to take effect in schools this year, the future of Design and Technology as a subject increasingly calls for modern technologies like 3D printing to be included in the classroom. The Inspired Minds classroom this year, therefore, takes on an added significance – an opportunity to give teachers and students first hand experience of what that future of Design and Technology will look like. 3D Printing has been shown to have an impact on student engagement, help build resilience, and prepare learners for new, rigorous, Design and Technology qualifications. As always, Inspired Minds 2017 will give students and teachers alike first-hand experience of using this technology in the classroom, be inspired by real industry figures, see the impact of the technology in the real world, and prepare for their own exciting careers in modern product development.”

The programme is designed for students in Secondary School education in the UK. Each session will last approximately two hours and will also give participants entry to TCT Show. Industry led tours of the TCT Show can also be arranged.

Schools within the UK wishing to participate should contact Jing Lu at BCA to register their interest and discuss how they can get involved.

TCT is an industry event and not normally open to students, Inspired Minds has negotiated exclusive education access for schools and pupils to the event. Schools can bring a maximum of 30 pupils, and there are only 10 school places available so please book early to secure your place.

The places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Please fill in the event enquiry form here to request your place, and a member of BCA will contact you to confirm your place at the event.

TCT Show 2017 takes place at the NEC, Birmingham, UK, on 26th-28th September 2017.

Teachers or industry visitors who would like to visit the event individually can register for free at www.tctshow.com

Please note, schools cannot register students via the main TCT website.

Please fill in this contact form and a member of the team will get back in touch with you.

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