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With the cost of 3D printers decreasing and the development of 3D-printing lesson plans, 3D printing is becoming more accessible to schools. It’s a great cross-curriculum tool, incorporating graphic design, ICT, science and technology. Materials at this level are safe to handle, fumes are limited and non-toxic and the only real hazards for pupils to be aware of are the hot nozzles in the printers and the sharp edges of some of the tools. The Robo R2 high- performance smart 3D printer with Wi-Fi lets you tackle large-scale projects using your mobile device and the Robo app. It features a large, 8 x 8 x 10 inch build volume, and can print in more than 30 different materials. Use it alongside the Learn By Layers lesson

plans and you have everything you need to turn your students into 3D-printing experts. GoPrint3D also provides workshops, giving pupils early access to this growing and important technology through a combination of 3D printers, scanners and 3D pens. It will also help overcome any safety concerns you may have. ‘Huge thanks to the team at GoPrint3D. Our

pupils had a glimpse into the future while developing their mathematical and computer skills. The staff were professional, patient, knowledgeable, and great with the children.’ Jo Fitton, head, Masham CofE VA Primary School, Ripon, North Yorkshire (112 pupils)

From £300 per term or £800 per year

STEM Girls Club

Robo R2 £1,499 (inc. VAT) Learn By

Layers from £70 (inc.VAT)

STEM Girls Club works on two levels – firstly, it provides teachers with a fully resourced club that enables the teacher to expose girls to activities that are both fun and engaging but also linked to careers in STEM. The school is also invited to termly events that celebrate women in STEM and allow students to meet women who are working in STEM careers, as well as getting work experience opportunities. Events have included the Annual Careers Roadshow, which involved 25 women from STEM industries ‘speed networking’ with girls from five schools across South London; Skanska engineers helping schools create Rollercoasters during Science Week; and the September STEM Soapbox, where five women with PHDs from top universities including Cambridge, King’s and Sussex shared their research with students at a school in Crystal Palace. ‘STEM Girls Club has been by far the most

impactful extra-curricular activity that our science faculty has been involved with in the past couple of years. Our girls have gained valuable insight into so many more STEM careers than they typically would have, and this has encouraged female students to pursue careers in tech areas. The exposure to real-life role models in STEM has been the most powerful tool for us, allowing parents to gain understanding of these careers, too. I would strongly recommend STEM Girls Club to other schools looking to engage female pupils in the STEM world.’ Kathryn Leslie, Norbury Manor Business & Enterprise College for Girls, Thornton Heath, Croydon (1,111 pupils)

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