STEMNET NEWS: 3D Printers for Schools via You Invent!
June 12th 2015

STEMNET NEWS: 3D Printers for Schools via You Invent!

STEMNET has discovered an opportunity for schools to purchase 3D printers to support their STEM Club through a Crowd Funded model and for sponsors to support 3D printing activities in schools. Exciting eh?!

You Invent helps schools acquire innovative technologies at no overall cost, giving students the opportunity to prepare for fulfilling careers in creative industries.

They have a package which effectively supports schools to purchase a 3D printer with suitable training, activities, equipment and resources through a crowd funding route.  This means schools have the opportunity to recuperate all associated costs.

The process starts by joining You Invent as a member (£200 cost outlay which can be recuperated through the crowdfunding total) the club or school then has access to all the tools needed to set up and get started.

They have also just set up a 5 year package for schools to engage with You Invent for £5000 by finding sponsors. More derails on that here

How it works…

“You Invent helps students of all ages to unleash their creativity. We do this by establishing out-of-school clubs where they get to grips with innovative technologies to enhance their experience of design and technology, science, art and many other areas of learning.

Today’s students need to get to grips with 21st century technologies as early as possible if they are to thrive in the modern workplace. By using 3D scanners to understand 3D modelling, for example, and 3D printers to rapidly prototype design ideas, they can gain an advantage in many fields of work.

We provide schools with everything needed to get their club up and running, without any overall cost to the school. We achieve this through our sister organisation CrowdPatch CIC, which enables the school’s community to raise money through crowdfunding.

Crowdfunding leverages the networking possibilities of the internet. Donations are typically small and manageable (£5 or £10), but the extended network means contributions come from a much wider range of sources. The result is that local and distant family members, employers, further education colleges and community organisations all work together to ensure a campaign’s success.

We have negotiated discounts on 3D printers and scanners as well as free online subscription to the New Scientist for our members (worth £500 per year). We provide a website, templates for activities and the help and support needed to run a dynamic and successful club.”

Click here for full details of the scheme…


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