3D printer to bring learning to life in Westray

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Westray students will benefit from the purchase of a 3D printer.

A new generation of learners inspired at Westray Junior High School through the purchase of a 3D printer.

The purchase is the result of a successful bid by the Orkney Islands Council for a Scottish Government grant of £2,500 for each of the grammar and grammar schools.

Westray used his money to buy a 3D, which helps teachers like Westray’s Dr. James Hill achieve a new level of student engagement.

The grant was specifically aimed at purchasing equipment for the provision of IT in secondary schools.

Dr Hill said: “It will be used to enable students to design components for robotics projects. Thanks to this, we can design frames and parts for many different types of robotic movements. We can build bases to hold components and students will have a chance to see how the design process works.

“They will have to solve problems such as positioning the holes for the fasteners exactly as they are laid out on a printed circuit board, for example. It will also be used to make many small useful objects for the school. We don’t have a lot of budget, being a school with only about 30 students, so being able to craft useful items that we don’t have to buy is going to be really handy.

“I did print tests. I printed a microcentrifuge tube rack, which we didn’t have.

“All the pupils of the school (Primary and Secondary) will be able to design objects to be printed. Each print can take a long time, so the printer itself will be operated as a facility, with students and classes submitting their models which will go into a sort of print queue. Westray teachers will already be thinking about how they can use the printer in their learning plans. There is a camera on the printer, which makes it possible to monitor the printing process via the Internet.

There are a number of reasons why classroom 3D printers are considered beneficial. They can give students a more hands-on experience, taking theoretical concepts from a textbook to practice, and allowing them to see the value of the lessons in the form of real-world problem solving.

Dr Hill added: “Being able to fabricate components for engineering projects is a huge learning experience for students. It can also be used to produce artistic sculptures.

“In a science lab, we always find that there’s something we need that we don’t have. Now we can print it!

“The students are very enthusiastic about the printer. They are thrilled that our school can access the technology that many other larger schools have. »