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School selected for Government's 3D printing study

By Canterbury Times  |  Posted: November 15, 2012

HIGH TECH: Langton girls school acting head of technology James Brady pictured with a Makerbot 3D Printer at the Department for Education

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A TOP-PERFORMING school has been selected to take part in a Government study about high-tech printing.

Simon Langton Girls' School in Canterbury is one of 20 maths and science schools across the country to take part in the trial of 3D printing and how it could help with teaching academic subjects.

Acting head of technology James Brady and deputy head teacher Rob Green visited the Department for Education to discuss the project.

They are now setting up a student task force.

Mr Brady said: "We will set about developing teaching methods and resources to explore this exciting new classroom resource."

The school is being sent a Makerbot 3D printer this month and then must report on the year-long study.

Mr Brady said: "This is a specific government study which could have implications for science, technology, maths and engineering taught in schools across the country."

The school will also receive a grant to buy accessories and support from the printer's maker.

Officials hope the project will encourage more pupils to study science, technology and maths.

Several schools already use 3D printers in design and technology where they create solid objects from models designed on computers.

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