Donation provides funding for laser cutter for school in Biggleswade

The Connolly Foundation has provided the funds for a laser cutter machine at Edward Peake Middle School, Biggleswade.

The grant secures computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing software and a machine.

These work together to enable the children to firstly design drawings on a computer which can then subsequently be sent to the machine that would cut and engrave parts from a chosen material, for example, MDF, plywood, card, fabric. 

The CAD software that is most frequently used in education and at Stratton Upper School, which Edward Peake Middle School feeds into, is 2D Design.  

 Jodie Ashby, subject lead for DT at Edward Peake, said:  “I would just like to say a massive thank you for the grant that will enable us to set up the teaching of CAD/CAM at Edward Peake.

“We are very excited about the possibilities this brings for our pupils. Without your generosity this would have not been possible and as well as delivering the curriculum it will allow us to show our pupils the technology that is being used in industry today.

“The projects and products they can make and take pride in are endless. I look forward to being able to send you some photos of the equipment and the pupils’ work. Thank you again.”