Students from three secondary schools from Western Australia, the Australian Capital Territory and Victoria were given the chance to take a first hand look emerging 3D technology revolutionising the manufacturing industry.
The project, delivered by the National Science and Technology Centre, Questacon, took 46 lucky students in for a first hand look at 3D printing and design. Raytheon Australia was a key partner in helping to deliver the program, which is one out of a series of programs supported under its three-year relationship.
The groups were provided with bodies with snap-in sockets and a blueprint ball-joint design to build upon.
The teams created heads, arms, legs and even wings for the body to create figurines in 3D.
Parliamentary secretary to the Minister for Industry and Science, Karen Andrews, said Questacon’s initiatives were a key part of the delivery of the Government’s broader science agenda, including the development of Australia’s first ever national policy to secure Australia’s skills base in STEM.
“These informal learning opportunities are a vital part of the broader STEM policy we are developing to help secure a highly skilled workforce and cultivate the science literate society that is essential for Australia’s ongoing productivity and prosperity,” she said.
“I commend schools right across Australia that are embracing 3D design and printing in classrooms – I was recently at Ironside State School in St Lucia, Queensland, and was amazed by the 3D printers the kids were using every day to complement their STEM based subjects,”
“Along with valuable practical experience, students have honed their problem solving and design thinking skills. These skills are in high demand by employers across a range of industries and will underpin the jobs of the future.”