(Meva the robot – Photo courtesy of Portsmouth News)
CAD (Computer Aided Design) is part of the KS2 Design Technology curriculum and in my opinion, should be taught to reflect the current industry standard, which includes 3D design. I use Sketchup (Sketchup Make 2017 is still free and available as an offline install) in the classroom from Y3 upwards.
The natural progression is to then move onto CAM (Computer Aided Manufacture), which isn’t mentioned until the KS3 curriculum. However, some primary schools are lucky enough to have a 3D printer on site. One of the schools I work at has just been donated one by a local company!
I think having this technology available at primary level really opens up opportunities and gives pupils a headstart in terms of realising what they can create and understanding the potential of building ‘something out of nothing but the ideas in your head’ (My year 6’s words).
Suffice to say, we are loving it, and I’m extremely excited to start straight back after half term on a unit of CAD and CAM, let’s see what they can do!
Read the full article about Gatcombe Park Primary School receiving the 3D printer on Portsmouth News here.
Here it is, complete with a picture showing that I am an actual for real giant, in the paper itself: