Our Design and Technology team were delighted to take delivery of a brand new state-or-the-art laser cutter just before the end of the school term. The equipment will benefit students across the school and, with the development of the Quantock Education Trust (of which Haygrove is the founder school), those at other primary and secondary schools in the area as well.
The Boxford Laser Cutter will help students develop invaluable technical skills and enable rapid prototyping and manufacture of templates and the fast realisation of student ideas and projects. In addtion the new GCSE specification for Design and Technology requires students to have indepth knowledge of how a laser cutter operates and adds value within an engineering or manufacturing context.
“Currently our students make their own projects in a traditional way and whilst it is important that they understand the ‘craft’ aspects of the design and manufacturing process, they often feel restricted and frustrated by being unable to realise more complex designs. Access to this new laser cutter will raise standards of work and improve outcomes for our students and start to bring their learning up to date and in line with real world applications, “ said Mr Mark Featherstone, Head of Design and Technology at Haygrove School.
The equipment was purchased via funds raised by the school, including a grant from The National Grid to support STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) learning.