Supporting teachers with high quality resources is our main aim. All of our lessons have been created by teachers and quality assured by current classroom teachers ensuring that we are meeting the needs of the schools and their students.
We are pleased to announce that we have formed an educational partnership with STEM learning where teachers who attend the CPD course Using 3D printers creativity in KS3 and KS4 will receive a free copy of the Intermediate lesson pack to support their teaching after the training.
Training teachers on 3D printing has been a regular STEM learning course since 2015, with schools from around the UK attending the professional development workshops. In the two day STEM CPD course there are workshops on the theory of 3D printers, where they are used in society, how 3D printers work, Fusion 360 tutorials, dedicated health and safety sessions from CLEAPPS, trouble shooting, hints and tips for successful use in the classroom and analysis of 3D printing projects at KS3 and GCSE.
Teachers who attend the course, will be able to go back to their school fully prepared to integrate 3D printers into their curriculum and with the Intermediate lesson pack. They will have all the resources needed to start delivering lessons from day one. Phil Cotton our founded explains,
“I’m extremely proud to have worked with STEM learning for the past three years and recently became an ‘Associate Facilitator of CPD’ with the centre. Being able to help teachers from around the UK start 3D printing in their classes has been the core focus of the course. Now with the addition of the Learnbylayers, teachers will be equipped with an extra set of resources to use in the classroom. The resources include, lesson plans, teaching powerpoints, assessment tasks, homework tasks, answer sheets, CAD video tutorials, stl files, design challenges and more. “
If you are a teacher at a government funded school then the two day training course and all the resources are free. The course is delivered by Philip Cotton and Dave Parry, Health and Safety consultant at CLEAPPS who both provide years of experience in their workshops. All accommodation and meals are provided as well.
STEM learning is the number one teacher training provider in the UK. Over the past 10 years they have trained over 19,000 UK teachers, technicians and support staff in STEM courses, who have then passed this into over 4 million children in the classroom.
In addition to this we have contributed our free lesson to the STEM learning resources data base so teaching who are looking for ideas on how to initially introduce 3D printing to students can download our lesson. As part of the Introduction to 3D printing lesson, teachers will get a lesson plan, teaching powerpoint, lesson tasks, STL files to print of for the lesson, Homework tasks and answer sheets. The answer sheets can be used as a teacher guide or as a self/peer assessment tool as a classroom activity.
Like all the other lessons in our curriculum they are ready to teach, with no planning needed from the teacher. Also they are fully editable so if the teacher wants to tweak some points e.g. the wording of the questions then they are free to do so. The aim being to empower teachers to teach 3D printing with ease.
If you are a STEM teacher then the National STEM centre in York should be on every teachers CPD agenda. Every year they train thousands of teachers and are the driving force behind UK STEM education. If you are a teacher at a state funded school in the UK, then all of the courses are free to attend.