Redcar & Cleveland
We are currently developing KS3 and KS4 schemes of work to incorporate more CAD/CAM elements. The aim is to build enthusiasm, equip students with future proof skills as well as preparing them for the world of work, which is increasingly using and developing new technologies. 2D Design work is already embedded within the curriculum alongside the use of the laser cutter to enhance students final outcomes. At the end of the last academic year we secured a 3D printer which the students were very excited to see in action. Our technician has now skilled himself up and the equipment is now ready to be used in lessons. The vision is for each student to design their own miniature model and see it being 3D printed, this will not only aid in building exam knowledge but will also instill an enthusiasm and excitement for STEM technologies. However, due to reduced funding we are unable to purchase the amount of filament that would be required for each KS3 and KS4 student to produce a mini project each without severely limiting their desired outcome. As our students thrive on being able to take a finished product home to be proud of we would love to secure funding to aid in developing this new addition to the curriculum and build on the STEM foundations that we have embedded.