3D printing hints and tips for design and technology

Written by Phil Cotton @philipacotton

If you are new to 3D printing then deciding where to start with a class of pupils can be a daunting task. Here are some of the most common questions I hear:

What CAD package do you use with the pupils?How long will it be before you get to 3D print your classes designs?How will you...

ENTHUSE Celebration Award winner

ENTHUSE Celebration Awards: recognising everyday heroes

My ENTHUSE Celebration Award journey began with an email calling for teachers and technicians to nominate themselves. Skimming the criteria I saw that I did in fact meet the requirements, despite being an ‘ordinary’ teacher!

I set about drafting an application form and collecting evidence, mainly based...

A14 road

The road to success: how the A14 construction project is inspiring young people in STEM

Carrying around 85,000 vehicles per day across Cambridgeshire, the A14 trunk road, which is managed by Highways England, is a vital transport corridor between the West Midlands and East Anglia. However, it is frequently congested and traffic is often disrupted by breakdowns and accidents.

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The 2016 Ultimate STEM Challenge launched today

Today BP have announced the launch of their annual competition – the Ultimate STEM Challenge.In its third year, the Ultimate STEM Challenge is run in partnership with STEM Learning and the Science Museum. The competition invites young people aged 11 to 14 across the UK to put their science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills to...

GCSE results announced

Today thousands of students around the UK are receiving their GCSE results. While the overall results have taken a slight dip on the 2015 results, there are positives in the STEM subjects.Number of students taking science increasesbiology is up by an additional 4,900 studentschemistry increases by 7,600physics rises by 6,100and science has...

QinetiQ give us their insight

Experts in defence, aerospace and security, QinetiQ, have teamed up with us on our STEM Insight programme to give teachers an insight into the inner workings and roles of their organisation.Keen to help teachers encourage students into the study of STEM subjects, the STEM Insight programme is designed to give teachers a placement in either...

A level results released across the UK

Students across the UK are receiving their A level results today, and starting their journey on to University or the world of work – and their teachers and technicians are also celebrating or commiserating with them.This year, a record number of University places have been offered to students. So far 424,000 students have been accepted into...

STEM Learning apprentice wins Microsoft Marketing Apprentice of the Year award

We are delighted to announce that Joanne Woolley, Marketing and PR Trainee, has won the sales and marketing category at the Microsoft Apprentice of the Year awards.The awards, announced yesterday at a prestigious event at Microsoft’s UK headquarters in Reading, celebrate the talents of young people who have completed a Microsoft certified...

2016 STEM Inspiration Awards now open!

The STEM Inspiration Awards are now open and are designed to recognise the UK’s most dedicated and inspirational people motivating young people in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.The winners in six award categories will be announced at the annual STEM Inspiration Awards ceremony, at the House of Lords, hosted by...

STEMNET and STEM Learning confirm the completion of merger

STEMNET and STEM Learning are delighted to confirm the completion of a merger of their activities in STEM inspiration.From the 1 August 2016, the STEM Ambassador Programme and the  STEM Clubs programme will be coordinated and delivered by STEM Learning, with the STEMNET charity playing a new role as a supporter of these activities....

Who is your design and technology hero?

What are the products that have changed our lives? What are the technologies that have had the greatest impacts on society and industry?If you have an answer to any of those questions, support the Design and Technology Heroes campaign by using #DandTHeroes and sending a picture of your person, product or object to Instagram, Twitter or Facebook....

Could your students be the experts to cure cancer?

Cancer research is one of many of the University of Glasgow’s focuses. Using the latest technology and research, the College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Science (MVLS) recently developed a drug that targets critical proteins and kills Chronic Myeloid Leukaemia cells.The results from their research also has potential for other cancers such as...

Applications for Science on Stage 2017 now open

Science on Stage is a large European educational fair which will be held in Hungary on 29 June – 2 July 2017 and applications for Science on Stage UK are currently open.This festival in Hungary provides teachers of STEM subjects with the opportunity to present a project or experiment that they have been involved in and to share their ideas with...


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