Surprisingly the roads were quiet on route to London. This Bank Holiday Monday BCA set up a classroom for 40 students in the capital ready for St Mary’s Catholic School.
That rare occasion when students come together and are excited to learn new skills in technology.
It’s great when schools make time before going to Thorpe Park to learn 3D Printing and Computer Aided Design (CAD) – St Mary’s Catholic School pupils had been visiting London this half-term and during their trip they dropped in to learn some new skills.
BCA began with an introduction in to the world of 3D Printing and CAD; noting that St Mary’s Catholic pupils had never seen such technology before. It was like seeing children in a sweet shop – wow and I want one, were common shout outs in the midst of the excitement – it was an overwhelming first reaction and amazing to see.
Once the students had settled in, they were put into groups of 3 whereby one student would be the designer and the other two the CAD engineers. The designers were tasked to investigate a unique memorabilia design following a London style theme whilst the engineers would learn how to use CAD.
The designs were fun and imaginative, one designer chose the Bentley symbol to reflect his visit whereas another took inspiration from a Memorial Day poppy. It was great to see young designers pushing their ideas beyond the traditional Big Ben and Parliament Buildings – wonderful they are too!
Once the final concept was decided, the engineers had a chance to put their CAD skills into practice. They modelled designs in 3D, ready for printing.
As the workshop came to an end, BCA picked three of the best designs to 3d print and in BCA’s final summary to the students it was evident that each student had learnt a new skill and some would continue to explore 3D printing in their studies.