Teacher CPD

Manufacturing a Healthy Future: 3D Printing for primary school teachers

Book this course directly though IFORM by following this link

Are you curious about 3D printing? Would you like to explore a fun and challenging way to bring manufacturing into your classroom? 

I-FORM, the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre inviting primary level teachers to sign up for a free, hands-on exploration of 3D design and printing in manufacturing for primary school teachers. This 3.5 day course is part of a European project funded by EIT-Manufacturing and brought to you by Stryker and I-Form (University College Dublin) in Ireland; Arts et Metier Institute of Technology in France; and University of Tartu in Estonia. The programme ran very successfully in 2021, with 10 Irish teacher participants.

Venue & location

The training takes place in person over 3 days in July in Cork, with a further half-day online in September for follow-up and support.

In Person Venue: Lifetime Lab, Old Cork Waterworks Experience, Lee Road, Cork. T23 N828

Dates: Tuesday 5th, Wednesday 6th & Thursday 7th July 2022

Times: 9.30 to 14.30 each day

Lunch, tea/coffee & refreshments will be provided.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this course you will have:

  • Learned about the different components that make up a 3D printer
  • Learned how to calibrate, troubleshoot, maintain and be safe with a 3D printer
  • Experienced the Design Thinking process and learned how to implement it in the classroom
  • Hands-on experience using design software and printing in 3D
  • Learned about different printing filaments and their application
  • Learned about design for manufacturing with our industry partner Stryker 
  • Explored 3D design lesson plans designed for primary education settings 
  • Been invited to run a ‘sustainability challenge’ in the classroom, with support from industry and research partners

Previous participants said:

“I was nervous at first, but the step-by-step instructions, in a supportive environment, gave me the confidence to get up and running with this exciting technology.”

“The possibilities for the children are endless – it’s important to introduce them to the technologies they could be working with in the future, and to give them an enjoyable, self-directed experience.”

“The trainer and the I-Form and Stryker teams were so supportive and always available to answer any questions and help us on our 3D printing journey.”

If you have any questions about the course, please email: Sylvia Leatham at sylvia.leatham@i-form.ie.

Additional Information

The course is suitable for educators who are new to 3D design and printing and interested in gaining a good understanding of how to use this technology in the classroom, as well as how it can be implemented in the primary school curriculum. The course includes theory but is focussed on practical experiences with 3D design and printing. No previous experience is necessary. The training is most suited for teachers of children aged 8 to 12

After the course you will be invited to run a 3D printing challenge with a sustainability theme in the classroom, with support from local partners. 

Participating teachers who are committed to running the classroom challenge will be provided with access to a 3D printer for their school. (Schools will be able to avail of a free, long-term loan of a printer – a piece of equipment worth EUR1,000.)

A travel bursary of up to EUR100 per participant is available, to help towards the cost of travel to the training. (Receipts/evidence of mileage must be submitted.) In addition, a EUR50 discount for kids’ science camp anyone4science is also available to participants.

Unfortunately, EPV days are not available for this course

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