3D print technology day at St Patrick’s Primary School, Wallsend

Students from St Patrick’s Primary School, Wallsend participated in a technology day facilitated by Scope IT Education on Wednesday 27 May. Demonstrations in 3D printing and coding gave students exposure to current print technology in their own school setting. “It’s a great initiative for students because it is developing their thinking skills, problem solving skills and creativity”,  said Principal, Grant Diggins. Grant wanted students to experience technology that is relevant to their learning and future career path options.

Students worked collaboratively in teams, learning programming skills and using a computer-aided design (CAD) application to place polygon shapes on a 3D plane to form a snowman. A 3D snowman was printed for each student to take home, constructed from a cheap, recyclable plastic material. The manufacture of 3D printed items is vastly practical and has already been used in the medical industry for prostheses, in the built environment for house construction, and for motor vehicle bodies.

Families in the wider Wallsend community were also invited to attend the day, giving parents an opportunity to speak with School Principal, Grant Diggins, view the school’s facilities and experience extracurricular programs, on offer to students at St Patricks, such as 3D coding.

Scope IT Education provides students with education for tomorrow. If you would like to learn more about Scope IT Education’s programs, visit www.scopeiteducation.com.au.

If you would like to learn more about enrolling your child at St Patrick’s, Wallsend, please contact the school on 4955 8570.

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Geri Williams is the Online Communications and Brand Officer for the Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle. She is also a regular writer for Aurora Magazine.