Ok, so by now most of you guys in “RapMan Land” know a bit about me and the things I am getting up to with 3D printing in education, but I thought I would break some fantastic news I have about some recent developments.
I am what is known in the UK as an AST (Advanced Skills Teacher) so as well as teaching Design & Technology in a “normal” secondary school (11-18 year olds) I also work with schools in my local area of North Somerset…. It also means that I try to get involved in some of the new developments in teaching and learning and that’s one of the main reasons I have been so enthusiastic about what RapMan and 3D printing can offer to D&T (STEM) students.
To help schools and colleges get the best out of setting up and using 3D printing I started to produce some Teaching and Learning resource and I made these freely available on the BfB Wiki http://www.bitsfrombytes.com/wiki/index.php?title=Teaching_Resources and to date the main page has been accessed over 4500 times…. so, if only a small portion of these visits have resulted in these resources being downloaded and used by teachers with their students then I’m more than a little bit happy… and as it turns out so are Bits from Bytes!
So, what is the fantastic news? …. well, BfB have donated a new machine to me for use in my school and around the local area…. It’s a lovely twin head BfB3000! Of course what this means is that students will be able to experience some of the new advances in printing with support materials and a choice of ABS or PLA without too much filament swapping etc.
The other thing is that students (worldwide) will also benefit as I am now in a much better position to produce Teaching and Learning materials specifically for the BfB3000, printing with support and other more advanced technologies.
You may be wondering what’s going to happen to my RapMan…. well it won’t be forgotten now that we have a new machine to play with… RapMan Roadshow is about to start happening… The unfortunate RapMan is going to bounce around in the back of my car visiting other schools and as I mentioned previously I’m going to look at doing Masterclasses in cross-curricular projects that involve 3D printing.
Anyway, much too excited to blog any more tonight (Ok so I am a bit of a geek) … I’m now off to process some .stl files to print on the BfB3000 tomorrow morning when i get back into school… watch this space and I’ll post some photos.
And most importantly…. Thanks to all the guys at Bits from Bytes, from me and students all over the world!