Children build their own solar boats with 3d printer

Project information

Index: 1261R4
Priority:1: Innovation and the knowledge economy
Sub Theme:Entrepreneurship and SMEs
Location NETHERLANDS NOORD-NEDERLAND Leeuwarden Friesland (NL) Start/End date of the practice
Start: 21.06.2013.
End: 12.07.2012.

Topic of the practice

Design, arts, new tecnologies, manufacturing, youth

Good Practice Information

Children in the age of 11 to 13 have construct their designs. The boats are made out of bio-plastic, using the latest technology: 3D printer and vacuumformmachine! The children has been assisted by students of Delft University of Technology. To help designing the boasts, a number of designers from Groningen were present.
In the end, the solar boats has been presented to an international panel of experts and scientists. Through this instrument children learn to think 3D and it helps them to see things differently. If you take a look to The Economist of 21 april 2012 one is the most promising new manufacturing methods will be 3D (techniques that will change the world).

Evidence of success

The 3D project has resulted in an Comenius application and we expect this application will be approved this or next week. The significant of this 3d printing (i.c. additive manufacturing) has been written in a policy report and transferred in the second 'bidbook' of the Cultural Capital 2018. The jury will judge this bidbook on 6th of September.

Contact details to obtain further information on the practice

Simon Tijsma

Province of Fryslan

Annex completed on: 06-04-2013

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