Melville Primary School students exposed to awesomeness of 3D printing during ScopeIT visit


Melville Primary School Year 2 students Jonah Pangiarella and Danny Edwards.
Melville Primary School Year 2 students Jonah Pangiarella and Danny Edwards.

MELVILLE Primary School students were wowed by a 3D printer that reshapes plastic under 260C heat as part of a ScopeIT Education open day at the school.

The company is meeting with the Education Minister Peter Collier this week, hoping to become part of the new digital education curriculum.

But for now it is charging schools north and south of the river to expose children to basic coding and 3D printing.

Schools can absorb the cost of the open days completely, or share it with parents or school P&Cs.

“It’s very engaging and we make sure they are getting the concepts right,” ScopeIT’s Ray Sutton said.

He is keen to see this sort of education accessible to all ages and abilities.

“We are trying to make them to be creators,” he said.

“Last week a student wanted to write an app that told their mum when the fruit bowl is empty and said it would be good if it actually ordered them from the supermarket.

“So we are actually going to do that and see if we can write an app for that.”

Year 2 students at Melville each took home a miniature plastic snowman, printed from the 3D printer, and practised manipulating shapes on a computer.