3D printers donation inspires the next generation of creative thinkers in Wales

Our schools donation scheme is in full swing as Resource companies donate 3D printers to schools across the whole of Wales.

During the pre-production and manufacturing of our new R122 face visor for frontline workers, we used 3D printers in the early stages to produce the prototypes; having moved on to injection moulding machines for the final visor product, we found ourselves in possession of several 3D printers, and wanted a good way to put them to use.

So we’re pleased to announce we’ve begun a schools donation scheme, where schools across Wales will receive a 3D printer for pupils to use thanks to the wonderful team at STEM Cymru (Engineering Education Scheme Wales) who have worked hard to help us distribute the printers.

A range of English-medium and Welsh-medium schools right across Wales have received or will receive a 3D printer, including schools in Cardiff, Merthyr Tydfil, Pontypridd, Denbighshire, Bangor, Colwyn Bay and more.

Thanks to our Resource partners working with schools for this initiative, including blue self storage, Space2B at The Maltings, and Euro Commercials who’ve all given their time & resources to donate to this cause.

Nick Williams, Resource CEO said:

“Although schools find themselves in a state of flux during the current lockdown restrictions, we hope that returning to a school filled with new possibilities brought by a 3D printer will bring a sense of innovation and fun to pupils. It’s important to foster potential and creative thinking; especially during difficult times such as this, and that’s why we’re proud to be leading this project and hope our donations can make a lasting difference.”

More about our schools donation scheme

Resource companies share an ethos of social responsibility; each have a long history of being embedded in their local communities and all of us recognise the importance of creativity and innovation in the school curriculum.

We hope our initiative to donate 3D printers & provide children with access to a new way of ‘creating’ can make an impact on a new generation of engineers, artists, inventors and problem-solvers.

Rhodri Jones, Head Teacher at Ysgol Gymraeg Sant Curig in Barry, said in thanking blue self storage for their new 3D printer: “Hopefully with the New Curriculum for Wales giving children a chance to be more creative, we will see the children designing things and bringing them to life.”

Space2B at The Maltings is partnering with Willowbrook School; Gareth Oram, Operations Manager said: “As a unique venue that is home to a community of local businesses, we’re delighted to be supporting Willowbrook School through this donation of a 3D printer. This will be a great way for the wonderful teachers at Willowbrook to introduce children to the concepts of 3D printing. It is easy to use and who knows, perhaps some of the kids will be inspired and go on to become product engineers of the future.”

Photo: EESW / STEM Cymru

And of their integral part in our donations scheme, STEM Cymru said: “EESW STEM Cymru is a non-profit educational charity delivering STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) activities in schools across Wales. We are delighted to be able offer our support to Resource’s donation to schools scheme, by helping them to supply schools across Wales with 3D printers. Digital Manufacturing is a large part of industry and 3D printing is a great way to educate and enthuse young engineers of tomorrow. Although an excellent teaching resource, unfortunately too few schools can afford to purchase new equipment. As part of our commitment to Resource’s scheme, EESW will continue to support this project by offering Digital Manufacturing STEM activities to schools across Wales. Thanks to the generous donation scheme put in place by Resource, more pupils across Wales will now be able to take advantage of learning using new, inspiring equipment.”

Keep an eye out for further news and updates to follow.


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