Richard Bacon has many years of experience in education having worked as a senior lecturer in university delivering computer science and digital graphic design applications, and also as a specialist teacher of IT related subjects in schools and colleges. He is now working to help teachers embrace and deploy the exciting technology of 3D printing across the curriculum, and is promoting 3D modelling and design within schools to enthuse and engage our young learners by using the amazing possibilities of rapid visualisation and prototyping that these printers make possible.
Capturing the attention of a classroom full of over-zealous students and making them want to learn more about your ‘pet subject’ is often something of a challenge and a source of frustration to all concerned, so any prop or piece of technology that helps is usually welcomed with open arms by the hard pressed class tutor. More often than not, however, such magical enablers have been hard to come by. This (in my experience, anyway) often leads to countless wasted hours of futile planning and crafting followed inevitably by the sullen after school destruction of exercise sheets, Powerpoint slide-shows and lesson notes all destined for that every growing bin that is usually filed as ‘My Old Lesson Plans’.