Posted Sunday 1st September 2013

Digital Jersey announces 3D printing initiative to be rolled out in schools

As part of its commitment to engage with education, Digital Jersey will be rolling out a 3D printing programme across the Island’s schools, supported and facilitated by industry. The 3D printing programme will teach students how to use 3D printing software, design tools and equipment in order to design and create their own 3D printed visions.

Digital Jersey announces 3D printing initiative to be rolled out in schools

The digital community in Jersey already has a growing ‘Maker Community’, and it is hoped that this initiative through schools will enable younger members of the community to learn new skills, with support from industry professionals.

The initiative will roll out in January 2014, with Grainville being the first school to receive this teaching. However, it will eventually be offered to all schools.

Commenting on this new initiative, Ted Ridgway Watt, CEO of Digital Jersey, said:

“It is absolutely vital that we adapt the way we educate our children to ensure that they are well equipped and have every advantage in the world of emerging technology; they are the future of our Jersey maker community.”

Mark Loane, CEO of C5 Alliance and board member of Digital Jersey, who will be donating the printer and facilitating large elements of the 3D printing programme, commented:

“We need to reconsider how we approach our agenda for education and be inspiring if we are going to secure a digital future for our children. I have a real passion for the process of how things can be made and produced using technology.  I am delighted to be able to support Digital Jersey in this initiative and share what I have learned on the subject.”