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This week we bring you part 2 of our Young Maker Project: Wearable technology by RSA Academy students on work experience with BCA.

This week’s Young Maker Project: Wearable technology integrating Arduino and 3D printing by RSA Academy work experience students.

Students, Tom and Connor, from RSA Academy Tipton joined BCA last week as part of their work experience. Following an engaging week, Connor excelled himself and created and near-complete prototype of his safety light for cyclists. With continued support of the BCA team, Connor was able to use his prototype to ensure the proof of principle was working as intended.


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We encouraged placing the device in different scenarios to give Connor a deeper understanding of the end user, their experiences and how the product fitted within its environment. We hope last week’s experience has been a real eye opener into the real world of design for manufacture. Our design brief had been created intentionally to test one of BCA’s SPDM course projects and to challenge both students to explore an integrated design approach, learn smart electronics and coding whilst considering manufacturing constraints.


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Final thoughts from the students: “Within such a small space of time, we have learnt new CAD skills, been able to 3d prototype and learn how 3d printing is having a huge impact on our future. We have seen first-hand 3d printing in education, industry, art and  food”. Thank you BCA.


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