Last month, students from Portsmouth High School took part in the final of the first ever Girls’ Day School Trust (GDST) 3D Design Challenge.
Working in teams, junior and senior students were asked to design a 3D printable product to support the work of international charity, WaterAid.
The charity works to improve access to clean water and improved sanitation in some of the world’s poorest countries, where many women and girls have no choice but to walk miles every day to collect water for their families, leaving little time for education.
The students presented their ideas to a distinguished panel of industry experts and innovators, who judged the entries on the concept behind the technical design and the engineering element. Evelyn Sadler and Yasamin Naser, both 16, were awarded the prize for best technical design.
‘The challenge the girls entered will help them develop new skills, confidence and knowledge of the career options available within the broad field of computer-aided design and digital technology,’ said Mr Graeme Field, Head of Design and Technology.
‘We are also delighted to have added to our range of computer controller manufacturing equipment with a a two-colour, multi-material 3D printer funded by our Parent/Staff Association.
‘We are very grateful to the PSA for recognising the importance of providing access to cutting edge equipment in Design and Technology,’ said, Mr Graeme Field. ‘It is important for the girls to be confident in the use of computer controller equipment as well as developing handcraft skills in manufacturing their products. This printer will enable them to produce complex 3D shapes so they can see their designs in ‘real life’.
Helen Seacombe from WaterAid said:
‘One in ten people lack access to clean water, while one in three have nowhere safe to go to the toilet. This injustice hits women and girls the hardest, affecting their health, dignity and life chances.
‘WaterAid is grateful to the GDST for helping to raise awareness of this global crisis as we work towards a world where everyone everywhere has access to these basic resources by 2030.’