Through the purchase of a 3D printer and its integration into a term of technology themed lessons, Operation Robotics will transform the educational experience we offer. This will be done by giving teachers an exciting new tool that makes information visible and transforms lessons into a fully interactive learning experience, thus capturing the interest of pupils and engaging them in a way that traditional methods of teaching, such as text books and PowerPoints, often fail to.
We are a 2 form mixed Primary school who provide for children who come from a social and economically deprived area of North West London. For our school, local deprivation has led to our free school meal and pupil premium percentages are way above national average, currently at around 26%. For our pupils, social and economic deprivation affects them daily in all areas of their lives, with children dealing with anxiety about their family not having enough money for essentials, having limited enrichment opportunities in the local area and not being able to afford school trips. It is unsurprising that having to deal with this disadvantage throughout childhood can have concerning consequences on children’s self-esteem, well being and engagement with their education.
However, what is amazing about the children that we provide for is that they don’t let these unideal circumstances hold them back from wanting to discover, explore and fulfil their potential. To support this, our focus for the past few years has been to offer our children exceptional enrichment opportunities that challenge children and get them excited about learning, which helps them to achieve and excel independent of their circumstances. The effect this has had over the past four years is clear, with our school going from being special measures to now being outstanding and our Key Stage 1 and 2 children performing above the national average in the most recent national curriculum tests despite joining the school with results that were below expected.
We want to buy the Ultimaker 3D printer as it is one of the most reliable and easy to use 3D printers and has an educational project built around it which means there is an extensive bank of resources we can access to help us build an enrich Operation Robotics. We want to buy this product because we are enthused by the many opportunities this will give to our children in technology design, coding for IT, art work and graphic design.
Through these opportunities, we believe that our project will have the following impact:
- Use of such new, innovative technology will lead to pupils engaging more in lessons which improves their retention of the content of lessons.
- In addition, it is proven in schools that the use of this technology has encouraged critical thinking, pupil involvement and creativity. Therefore, we believe that by through the purchase and integration of this technology into lessons, we will enhance the learning and development of pupils.
- As 3D printing will soon be used globally, enabling children to get used to it at an early age we will provide them with skills and capabilities that would strengthen their CV’s and therefore give them an advantage in future employment opportunities
The beneficial impact of this purchase won’t be restricted to the subject of IT but will affect a range of curriculum topics such as mathematics (by helping to envision graphs and mathematical models), geography (improving understanding of geological formations etc.), history (through the production of replicas) and art (inclusion of 3D design).
Ultimately, we believe that through the purchase of this new technology and the creation of a theme-focused term of lessons around it, we will transform our educational offer, providing a learning environment that challenges and excites children and thus leads to them making outstanding personal and academic progression.
Where your Donation goes
1x Ultimaker 2 Go 3D Printer @ £1,350 : https://robosavvy.com/store/ultimaker-2-go.html
+ 3D Printing supplies @ £100
Delivery charge: £0
Credit card fees (2%): £29 (to cover the fees charged by the payment provider)
Total cost: £1,479
% of students on pupil premium at our school: 26%
Number of students this will benefit: 365 (whole school) Age of students: 5 - 11
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