3D printer for our STEM clubs

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3D printer for our STEM clubs
  • £266

    pledged of £1,537

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Completion Date: Mon 02 Apr 2018


Number of students that will benefit: 907

Age of students: 11-16 years

Eligible for Free School Meals*: 13%

*over the past six years

Our School

East Bergholt High School is a 11-16 school situated midway between Ipswich and Colchester, serving a rural catchment area in Constable Country. The School is currently judged by Ofsted to be "Good". The number of students on roll in the year 2017/18 is approximately 907.

About Our Clubs

I am a Computing teacher and have been teaching at the school for over 6 years now. I am passionate about teaching in particular STEM and extra curricular activities. I already run several clubs and activities including: Digital Leaders, Esafety Champions, First Lego League, Vex Robotics, The Elite Engineering Programme (EEP), Code Club & BEBRAS challenge.

Why we want a 3d printer

Every year, the First Lego League team takes part in an inter-school competition. This year, the theme was water-saving devices and the team were discussing prototyping devices themselves. A 3D printer would have given them a real chance in the competition. In the end they opted to make a digital game as they didn't have a way to prototype.

Next year, the theme is space with the title 'Into Orbit' and they'd be able to test their product and see if they could make them, instead of having limited options like they did this year. It would also be a great way to learn more about engineering and prototyping.

You can see the team's video diary from the competition this year here:

But we wouldn't just use it for this competition! If we could buy a 3D printer then we could use it in all Computing and STEM clubs - we could build robots in our Vex Robotics Club! - as well as in lessons. In Computing, we would look at the on-screen design processes, whilst in Design Technology we'd look more at the engineering side of things. And an added bonus: they would have great fun using them!

Where your money will go

If we raise our minimum target, we will buy:

1 x UP Mini 2 3D Printer @ £557.99


Credit card fees @ 2%: £11.16

Grand total: £569.15

If we raise more, instead we'll buy: 1 x Robox Duel 3D Printer @ £1,506.00


Credit card fees @ 2%: £30.12

Grand total: £1,536.12

(We prefer this printer because it can print two materials at once! This means it can now create  parts which were previously difficult or impossible with a single material printer.)

If we raise even more: we'd love to buy the Robox Duel and some materials to start printing with: http://www.techsoft.co.uk/Products/3DPrintingMaterials/CELRobox


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Thank you!

Get in touch

If you would like to visit our students to talk to them about STEM careers, Computing, or Engineering please do get in touch as well!