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Queen Elizabeth students enter new dimension
8:00am Saturday 7th December 2013 in Mid Devon News
DESIGN and technology students at Queen Elizabeth's school in Crediton are to benefit from two brand new pieces of machinery.
The school took delivery of a 3D printer and a Laser cutting machine last Thursday (November 21) - which will give students hand son experience of the latest computer controlled technology used in emerging high-tech industries.
The Laser cutting machine will let students cut extremely accurate products, as well as engraving the surface of work to a very fine level of detail.
The 3D printer enables students to print their computer drawings and realise them in 3D, within minutes/ Both machines will have an immediate positive impact across all Key Stages and through all subjects in Design & Technology at the school.
Billy Milner, a Year 12 pupil said: "These machines will allow us to create things far more accurately than before.”
Tom Martin, another Year 12 pupil said: "The machines will make it easier to try out ideas and open up new possibilities as to what we could explore as designers."
Barry Kelly, the school's new Head of Technology from September hopes the school's new acquisitions will benefit the student's learning. He said: “I am extremely grateful to the Mr Newton Chance and the Governors of QE for providing this exciting opportunity. Our philosophy here in the Design & Technology Learning Area is to provide students with the experience to explore and innovate with materials whilst maintaining a passion for aesthetics and functionality.
“Our new Laser machine and 3D printer will definitely have an immediate impact and I eagerly anticipate the results students create."
Richard Newton Chance added: “We are determined to give our students access to the emerging technologies that they will increasingly experience in high tech industries. This is a part of a deliberate policy on behalf of our Governors to give students at QE access to the very best technology and resources, particularly in the Sixth Form.”
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