St Killian's College- T&D Laser cutter

Project by St Killian's T&D Department in Ballymena, , United Kingdom

St Killian's College- T&D Laser cutter
We did it
On 25th November 2022 we successfully raised £1,240 with 34 supporters in 28 days

The aim of our project is to be in a position to purchase the necessary part to repair the Technology and Design departments laser cutter.

by St Killian's T&D Department in Ballymena, , United Kingdom

Laser Cutter

Our laser cutter has been used for the benefit of our students over the past 10 years to enable them access to industrial standard equipment. Many of whom have gone on to very successful careers in fields related to Technology, Engineering and Construction. We have been able to facilitate project work to allow our students to compete with students from across the country which wouldn't be possible without it. When our students produce computer aided design sketches they have been able to realise their design ideas fabricating using the laser cutter. This has allowed our students at GCSE and A Level to consistently perform well above the national average as the controlled assessment and project work accounts for a considerable amount of their overall grade. 

Break Down

During the pandemic members of the Technology department assisted by other colleagues, embarked upon the task of producing face shields for use by NHS staff. Aware of the immense strain that NHS staff were under, we realised that we were in a position to help with the equipment we had at our disposal. We were able to produce thousands of face shields over two successive summers and delivered to the Covid centre in Ballymena. However, in June 2020 disaster struck with our final batch of face shields being completed. The laser cutter that had been put to such good effect stopped working at all. Within weeks, the school had sought the maintenance and repair of the machine only to find on inspection that it would require a new tube. This part, however, would come at an insurmountable cost for a department with an already stretched budget. With Covid still wreaking havoc in the education system, subject amendments meant that our students were not obliged to produce the physical project work that they would in normal years. Now with the expectation of normal service resuming with regards our student outputs, we are in an unenviable position. Without replacement of this tube at a cost of £3000 we will find it almost impossible for our students to produce the work they once could. 

The Future

Furthermore, we are seeking to enhance and develop our Technology and Design curriculum and promote STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) ensuring that all pupils, regardless of background are provided with the opportunity to access this type of equipment to realise their creative thinking in physical products.

We would like to thank you for taking the time to read about our Rocket Fund project and giving it consideration. Any contribution big or small would be greatly appreciated by the whole college community.

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