Carreg Hirfaen pupils have recently been invited to take part in a pioneering 3D Printing Engineering project for primary schools. Teams of children from eight county primary schools will take part in the 3D printed remote control car race, which is earmarked for Carmarthen Park’s velodrome in July.
Team Mazda will be represented by Ysgol Gynradd Nantgaredig, Team Kia by Ysgol y Dderwen, Team Ford by Ysgol Teilo Sant, Team MG by Ysgol Llanybydder, Team Citroen by Ysgol Llanllwni, Team Volvo by Ysgol Carreg Hirfaen, Team Hyundai by Ysgol y Bedol, and Team Subaru by Ysgol Peniel.
Pupils from each school will research, design and build their own cars using the latest Computer Aided Design and 3D printing technology.
At a launch event in Canolfan S4C Yr Egin in Carmarthen, Swansea University donated 3D printers to each participating school. Children will now start work on 3D printing and assembling their remote control cars, having already secured sponsorship from regional car dealerships. Carreg Hirfaen are delighted to have been paired with reknowned local VOLVO Dealers - Lloyd Motors of Aberaeron and look forward to working alonside them during this project.
The project, led by Swansea University’s College of Engineering in partnership with Carmarthenshire County Council, is aimed at introducing pupils to digital technologies like 3D printing from a young age.
Dr. Dimitris Pletsas, of Swansea University, talked hundreds of children through the use of 3D printers and other ‘smart manufacturing’ technology at the launch event. He said: “The Formula 3D Circuit Race won’t just be fun for participating children – it’ll also be educational because of the engineering, design, IT, problem-solving, marketing and team working skills they’ll learn”