We have developed a whole school curriculum project which involves the following:
- We have match-funded with the school council the purchase of a 3D printer, for which they swiftly raised funds;
- The class projects include designing simple space related objects in the lower years. This is supported by using a ‘design-and-make’ programme, with which they then explore the reasoning behind their designs;
- All children are taught how to use CAD software, to create 3d printable objects from idea to actual printing;
- Older children use ‘Google Sketchup’ with support from staff at different levels. Children either modify existing designs, or, if more able, create their own ideas and designs. These are then uploaded to ‘Myminifactory.com’ which is a platform for sharing designs internationally;
- Older children have been involved with the projects that Tim Peake has been researching, namely asthma and ageing. With support from Asthma UK, children have been learning about the impact of asthma and designing creative inhalers, some of which can be used alongside current technology;
- One of the classes has been working on aspects of seed cultivation in space, and have designed seed pots and containers based on the measurements of the International Space Station;
- We have strong links with the high school, and are seeking funding to develop the links further to enable us to support staff training and offer their students hands-on experience.