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Teachmeet – presentation

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Earlier this evening I had the privilege of doing a presentation at the Clevedon Teachmeet. As you will be able to see in an earlier post in this blog the Teachmeet is a gathering of very keen teachers who give up their own time to tell others about something exciting that they do in ICT.. that relates to  learning.

I was able to present on the 3D Printing Revolution and how this is “accessible” to students in schools with RapMan and BfB3000 printers. (I’ve included a copy of my presentation here).

I couldn’t believe the enthusiasm and interest, and I hope that the delegates are now inspired enough to spread the word about the democratisation of 3D printing… and hopefully more students will be using this technology in the near future.


Teachmeet… a reminder

Teachmeet Clevedon  #TMClevedon takes place this week… 23rd June 17.30 – 20.30 (UK time) some more details here http://rapman-education.posterous.com/teachmeet-the-3d-printing-revolution  I’m hopefully doing a presentation about the 3D printing revolution. Not certain if this will be streamed across the web but if not I’ll post my presentation here.



Edit… just heard that this event should be streaming live details will be posted here  http://bit.ly/tmclevedon2 …. ok the 3D printing will only be a short presentation and I’m not certain what time my slot will be… but why not settle down with a cuppa and enjoy some really enthusiastic educators sharing their gems of wisdom.



Spreading the 3D word.

I had an interesting morning in school today. Some visitors from a school in Chippenham (way outside my normal area of operation) spent a chunk of the morning finding out all about 3D printing (of course RapMan and BfB3000 featured lots in this).

It was really good to talk about how these printers can enhance the learning experience for Design and Technology students and also how to fit in 3D printing into the curriculum. I was able to demonstrate the Machines in action using the school BfB3000 and I dragged along my double head RapMan from home (yet another bumpy car ride for my poor machine!)

I think the guys went away duly impressed with the capabilities of the machines and with their brains buzzing with ideas of how they might spend their cash and introduce this technology to their school. I certainly had much to think about and now have a few ideas about how to support other schools with getting started.

Interestingly (for me anyway), This meeting came about by word of mouth and was linked to the T1 in Schools project (Techlink) mentioned in a previous post on this blog…. As an Advanced Skills Teacher in North Somerset it may mean that yet again my operating area goes beyond my Local Authority boundaries (ok, not as far as Germany this time J )and it could be an interesting development if I’m “commissioned” by a different Authority and “bought in” to help them with setting up and staff training…. But that’s an opportunity to explore at a later date.

A spin off from 3D printing

Today was one of those fantastic days…. I spent the day at Bath University with hundreds of Year6 pupils (10 and 11 year olds) racing model cars. The project is a bit like a junior version of the F1 in schools project…. The youngsters designed and made race cars using a Craft Robo (cutter/plotter) and produced a portfolio of their design work. The cars were fired down a 20m track using CO2 cartridges in about 1.5 seconds!!!

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The school I have been working with entered 3 teams and although we didn’t make it to the finals at the Williams F1 team’s HQ we all had a brilliant time.

But where is the 3D printing spin off?  I have over the last year or so been working along with the guys from BfB to set up a class of car in the competition where the primary school teams could work with their local secondary school to print custom parts such as wheels, drivers or wings etc…. Unfortunately the current economic climate has meant that sponsors have had to pull out and we have not been able to get RapMan printers into the secondary schools. So the project is on hold….. unless a new sponsor steps in!…. any offers out there???

Anyway, as I’ve already said, we all had a brilliant day and the pupils have all had a fantastic learning experience… I wonder how many of them will now want to become engineers?

At the end of the day I asked the pupils in our teams to give me a WWW and EBI (What Went Well and Even Better If), they said….

WWW…. “We worked really well as a team even though we hadn’t worked together before”. “Working as a team we managed to achieve everything we set out to do”

EBI…. “…. If we could do this sort of thing more often”

Not bad comments from 10 year olds, eh!


Mmmm… Chocolate!


A new Teaching and Learning resource on the BfB wiki

Moulds, stamps and cookie cutters are covered in this resource…. For all you food lovers. And to help with using BfB 3D printers in Food Technology lessons.

This free resource can be downloaded from wiki.bitsfrombytes.com/index.php/Mmmm…_Chocolate!

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