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School inspired by print

The CREATE Education Project has announced its collaboration with Rolls-Royce to provide a 3D printing hub for primary school pupils at Wyndham Primary Academy in Derby.

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CREATE Education and Rolls Royce launched a competition to involve schools in 3D-printing

The hub includes Ultimaker 3D Printers, software, curriculum consultation, curriculum continuing professional development (CPD) technical training and lifetime curriculum and technical support.

The primary school was the winner in a competition launched in the Derby area for all primary schools. It successfully submitted a pitch explaining how it would use the technology within the school and in the wider community.

In the past eight years, Wyndam Primary Academy has transformed from a bottom 200 school in 2011, to an outstanding level school as awarded by Ofsted in 2014. In 2019, it will become the UK’s first Primary Education 3D printing hub to collaborate with CREATE Education and Rolls-Royce.

The CREATE Education Project is committed to introducing technology into educational settings to help empower teachers and inspire students in an increasingly digital society.

Rolls-Royce and CREATE produced the package for the school, usually worth thousands of pounds, completely free of charge. Their goal was to engage pupils and work towards raising the lower than national average attainment levels in the region.

We were honoured to partner with Rolls-Royce to find a primary school who deserved to be appointed as the UK’s first primary level CREATE Education Hub

Paul Broadhead, head of community investment and education outreach at Rolls-Royce says: “At Rolls-Royce, we are committed to ensuring every single child has the opportunity to be excited and inspired by the world of science, technology, education and maths (STEM). That’s why we jumped at the chance to partner with CREATE education on this pioneering project.”

The launch day took place on October 24th and saw attendees and runners up for the competition take part in 3D-printing activities.

Michell Chatterley, head of CREATE Education says: “We were honoured to partner with Rolls-Royce to find a primary school who deserved to be appointed as the UK’s first primary level CREATE Education Hub.

"The task was more difficult than we first thought, with many schools in the selection process really working hard to engage their pupils often in deprived areas in STEAM subjects. Wyndham was a perfect choice, they share many of our values and have the vision to ensure that through deeper learning all pupils have an equal chance to achieve their dreams."

If you have any comments on this story, or would like to get in touch, please email me at zoe@linkpubishing.co.uk or join the conversation on Twitter.

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