CREATE ed-tech platform relaunches to drive digital skills adoption

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As pupils and teachers are embracing the new academic year its great to see companies doing their upmost to make life in the classrooms as engaging and inspiring as possible.

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Since 2013 when Ultimaker GB was launched in the UK & Ireland, they have been sharing knowledge to inspire and encourage people to explore the world of 3D printing. The CREATE Education Project have developed a brand new website which is more user friendly, easy to use and is also a platform for teaching resources.

A crucial part of the strategy was to give people in education access to this game changing technology. As a result of the unique insights from Ultimaker GB’s founder Paul Croft’s parents being teachers they were able to develop an offering that was supportive to educators and acknowledged the challenges faced in classrooms across the country.

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In 2014 Ultimaker GB launched the CREATE Education Project to aid with the adoption of 3D printing. Based on their collaborative spirit and embracing the feedback they had received, CREATE is an acronym of their core values:

C – Community

R – Reliability

E – Education

A – Access

T – Teachability

E – Economics

Since announcing the project, Ultimaker GB have been inundated with offers of support from education institutions and businesses across the world and confirmed how important it is to support those who inspire the next generation.

Two and a half years later and after support from pioneering teachers, ambassadors, the makerspaces, industry partners and the community, Ultimaker GB are now announcing the next stage in the CREATE Education Project development to make the platform more user friendly and ensure the resources are more accessible.

Paul Croft, a Director of Ultimaker GB and the founder of the CREATE Education Project, said “To coincide and in preparation for the new academic year we’ve got lots of new content and more social proof as how 3D printing is impacting learning opportunities in the classroom.  We keep listening and are dedicated to making life as easy as possible for teachers and encourage sharing to inspire others”

The CREATE Education Project brings together a vibrant community looking to share ideas and resources and also helps connect people with local users so that they can access 3D printing live.

David Holloway OBE said ‘’The Create Education team have been and are instrumental in making 3D printing accessible to schools and students.  They have not just gone into the market with a flashy brochure.  They have gone into schools and rolled up their sleeves, learned at the chalk face and given back in terms of their education interface, product and software development. Create Education provide much more than just an Ultimaker 3D printer.  From the printer itself to the software and the Create Education Community it is an interactive emersion.’’