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BETT Middle East with BfB… The final part.

The last day… Day 2 of the BETT Middle East show was quite different to the first. There were many more students visiting the stand. Most of the students were from local schools in Abu Dhabi but others had come from across the United Arab Emirates. The Bits from Bytes stand was significantly different from most of the others in the show… We had new and exciting technology on show rather than the offerings from the run of the mill software, interactive whiteboard or PC companies, and the students were buzzing with excitement at seeing a machine that actually made things right before their eyes! Rows of students and adults 3 deep around the 3DTouch was not uncommon. Even as a teacher who is used to talking a lot (some might say too much!) I found that the constant explaining of how the machine worked was a real strain on the voice… But well worth it to see eyes open wide with amazement that this machine wasn’t just printing on paper but actual 3D objects… And eyes were almost popping out of their heads when they realised the possibility of 3D printing in a school environment… I wonder how many will go back to school and start pestering their teachers to get a 3DTouch for their school? When the final announcement came over the PA system that the show was closing Andy, Juliet and I finally had a break before starting to disassemble the stand… We had pretty much been on the go all day, and only then did we realise we hadn’t even stopped for a coffee break or even to grab a bite to eat! So, down came the stand, the 3DTouch, and a general tidy away and we were done…No sample parts or literature to carry home in our cases as everything had been taken away by the visitors! And all was packed up in record time! A taxi to the airport and time to catch our breath and grab a bite to eat (our first real food of the day) and it was time to catch our flight at around midnight… In a temperature that was still up in the high 20’s C. A much easier flight schedule this time.. Only the one change at Amsterdam, but a long wait between flights. And of course we got back to a very grey and rainy morning having had very little sleep on the plane and struggling to reach 8 degrees…. Brrrrrrr … And then it happened, the only thing that went wrong in the whole event…. Andy’s case was missing… We waited and waited, until there were no more bags on the carousel but it never arrived. Such a shame, everything had gone so perfectly thanks to Juliet’s wonderful organisation (her first show for BfB)… It must have really annoyed Andy, but he didn’t show it too much. Perhaps we were just too tired to care that much…. We were home in the UK at last. In my final few words I would like to say a huge thank you to the guys from BfB for inviting me to attend BETT Middle East… A hugely enjoyable experience that I will remember for a long time and something I will be able to share with staff and student back at Clevedon School after the half term holiday. And a special thanks to Andy and Juliet for being such great company throughout the whole visit. Dave.


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