Teach children the world of 3d thinking and tinkering.

A lifelong learning programme and sub programme Comenius.

Schools and design centres from Germany, The Netherlands, United Kingdom and Sweden are working together on a teaching method on how to teach children the fun of creating, techniques and tinkering by use of the extra tool: the 3d printer.

Our partnership will work together to learn about recent developments in 3D technology. We will look at the ideas and techniques of 3-dimensional design and construction and learn about 3D printing and the biobased economy. Sharing is an important aspect of how the new technology works in practice, and so is ideal as a basis for our partnership.

The schools are teamed up with creative product designers or design centres with experience of 3D design and 3D printing. They will form their own network and assist the children to move on from their 3D ideas to producing 3D objects in a range of media, e.g. bioplastics, ceramics, cork, food etc

At the end of the project there will be a joint exhibition of the work done and achievements of the project. A manual for teachers will be a concrete outcome. We aim for the schools to work together and for the pupils to create, design and produce one or more joint products of the partnership to exhibit at the end of the project.

The age range chosen for the partnership (9 to 14 years old) spans primary and lower secondary education. This is because in this project we want to invite children to the world of science and technology before they choose their set of courses.