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Pupils at Carluke High School in South Lanarkshire are being inspired to get into STEM subjects, thanks to help from UKSE. 

UKSE has provided the school with £2,500 to purchase a state-of-the-art 3D printer, which will be used in technical lessons.

The printer, which was purchased in conjunction with Martin Aerospace a UKSE client which produces parts for aircrafts, will allow pupils to participate in the Martin Aerospace Engineering Challenge, a programme designed for young people to experience the technology and engineering sectors.

The 12-week programme, which is aimed at boys and girls between the ages of 13 and 16, allows the pupils to gain a further insight into the industry, and teaches them valuable skills using advanced computer software such as CAD modelling.

The 3D printer will be used to develop engineering skills from S1 design and graphics classes, to senior school lessons, where pupils will have the opportunity to work on industry standard prototypes for analysis and testing. It is hoped the project encourages pupils to consider working in the engineering sector or entering further studies after school.

Amy Rose, design and technology teacher at Carluke High School, said: “This technology is now a standard piece of equipment used across the world in many fields of work. It’s fantastic that we’re able to now use the 3D printer in lessons at school and encourage the uptake of STEM subjects, especially amongst girls at our school.

“We’re hugely grateful to have the support from UKSE and Martin Aerospace. Without them, we wouldn’t have been able to purchase the printer and have the opportunity to use it at school.”

Anne Clyde, regional manager at UKSE, said: “With the rise of technology, STEM offers so much opportunity for our young people and it’s important to allow them to experience the sector whilst still at a young age.

“We are more than happy to help Carluke High with the purchase of their 3D printer, along with Martin Aerospace. We’re looking forward to seeing what the pupils conjure up with their new equipment!”