GTS win in the South West regional Big Bang event at Exeter University

Posted on: 28/06/2013

A team of 12 Year 8 students from Great Torrington School were delighted to win at the Southwest regional Big Bang event at Exeter University with their 3D Printer project. The students built a 3D printer at a Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths club and the judges were impressed with their knowledge and enthusiasm for 3D printing. One of the student’s explained to the judges how the 3D printer worked by describing it as a robot with a glue gun that makes a solid shape by building it up in layers. Science teacher, Dr Patrick Hogan, said: "We are really proud of the work done by our students; they have begun to embrace this new technology and have already begun to think of new applications for 3D printing. One student even suggested that it could be used to make cake decorations if they used icing instead of plastic."

The pupils received £200 in tokens for winning the Best Presented STEM Club Stand and the judges felt the entry was presented with imaginative flair and they recognised the considerable technical skill to build the 3D printer.

Year 10 students also entered their skateboard club into the event and although the judges were impressed by their designs and technical skill, this year’s event was very competitive and they did not win a prize. The students were undaunted by this and Mr Scott Davies a technology teacher said “the best reward for the students has been the chance at GTS to design and make an individual skateboard. Coming to the Big Bang has given them the chance to showcase their skills”.

The students from Great Torrington School had a fantastic day at the Big Bang which they thoroughly enjoyed and the bonus was having their hard work recognised.

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