The CareTech Foundation was delighted last year to be able to give £1,000 to SATRO, a specialised education charity, in order to support their Computer Aided Design (CAD) courses. The programme has gone from strength to strength and we are very excited to give an update on how the pupils are getting on.
The CAD course gives pupils with special educational needs the opportunity to be able to use high-tech design equipment. It allows them to design their own images and shapes, and then to see them brought to life with the help of a 3D printer.
One of the great strengths of the programme is its ability to combine creativity with opportunities for learning. The children have particularly enjoyed the freedom that the programme gives them. It is a common notion that children have fantastic imaginations, and a criticism that is often levelled against education in general is that it might stifle this inherent creativity. The unique beauty of this software is that it goes in the opposite direction, allowing the children the freedom to not only express their creativity on the screen, but then to see their creations come to life with the 3D printer.
And talking to the students afterwards, it is clear that this approach works. They all expressed how much they found the project interesting and enjoyable, but also that it was a challenging programme in which they learned new things. Individually, they spoke of how much they enjoyed being able to learn independently on the computer and try out making their own shapes.
This valuable opportunity was important not only for their educational development but also so that the children can think about possible careers. The programme inspires young people into careers and further study in science, technology, engineering and maths. When asked for their reflections on the programme, all participants agreed that it made them think they would enjoy careers in these fields, and that they would recommend it to their friends.
A SATRO spokesperson said, “We are delighted to have received support from CareTech Foundation to help promote our CAD programme into SEN schools, and thank you again for your generosity.”
We at the CareTech Foundation were thrilled to see how the programme is going and can’t wait to see this programme continue to enhance childrens’ lives in the future.
Some examples of the students’ great work
SATRO is a highly impactful education charity. Their hands-on programmes for young people of all abilities (from the disadvantaged to the high-achieving) from ages 5-19 reached over 7,500 young people last year. They work with young people to embed key employability skills and inspire young people into careers and further study in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths).
The Foundation provided a grant of £1000 to SATRO to support the Computer Aided Design courses. This course runs in special needs school across Surrey and helps build the self-esteem and provide a different type of stimulation for these young people.
To enable SATRO to best meet the needs of our student cohort, it is essential that our programmes reflect the modern, changing world. The CareTech Foundation’s support enables SATRO to run a CAD (Computer Aided Design) and 3D printing session in four special needs schools.
Students will be taught how to use CAD software and will design and create an image and then print it in 3D. These are hands-on workshops using professional software and printers. The session will be taught as a value-add module and students will receive a certificate of attendance.
This programme gives the young people involved not only skills for life but helps them feel really confident and happy about their future. We look forward to updating you on the students’ progress and showing you their creations!