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Engaging Young Learners in 3D CAD and 3D Printing Project Showcase Events

Working with staff and student tutors from the University of Warwick, two groups of 11 and 12 year old students have taken part in 12 CAD and 3D printing workshops held at their schools. They learnt to use Autodesk 123D Design CAD software which is a free download software. The students enjoyed working with the software and developed skills enabling them to produce a range of CAD designs which were 3D printed. Their 3D printed products were displayed at 2 events in March. Visitors to the events were able to see some 3D printers in action, to hear about the students experience of the project and to find out more about the resources used to teach CAD. Read more about the events below:

Saturday 21st March 2015 from 10.00am to 4.00pm

The Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Jordan Well, Coventry CV1 5QP
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Display of products 3D printed from the CAD designs produced by the school students taking part in the project

Booklets about their project experience, produced by Stoke Park students taking part in the project A young visitor to the event trying out the CAD software using one of the project tutorials Christmas tree top decoration designed in CAD by a 12 year old student taking part in our CAD workshops - she won 2nd prize in the Royal Institution Christmas 3D Printing Competition

Wednesday 25th March 2015 from 12.30 to 2.00pm

International Digital Lab, The University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7AL
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Student demonstrating Autodesk 123D Design CAD software to a visitor Student talking to visitors about how the project 3D printers work Student telling a visitor about the phonestand design task done as part of the project Students discussing their 3D printed designs with a visitor

November and December 2015 - 6 workshop programme for Year 9 at Stoke Park School

As part of the Design & Technology curriculum, this group of year 9 students used the project's teaching resources for Autodesk 123D Design 3D CAD software and went on to design their own phonestands. Their phonestands were then 3D printed at WMG. A member of University staff and an undergraduate student tutor attended each of the 6 one-hour CAD workshops to help the year 9 students. The Stoke Park students produced an impressive range of creative designs - some of them are shown below.

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sigma stand cad sigma stand printed gobble stand CAD gobble printed
car CAD car printed pattern stand CAD patterned stand printed