3D Printing in Primary School- One School’s Journey

Presented by: Sinéad Herlihy

This session will describe our school’s learning journey with 3D printing. It began with the with the 3D printing for teachers programme provided over the summer in 2021, Manufacturing a Healthy Future. A small number of teachers from around Ireland took part and all received a Prusa 3d printer to bring back to their school. The training was provided by iForm,the Science Foundation Ireland Centre for Advanced Manufacturing at UCD, and funded by EIT Manufacturing. The initiative aims to engage younger children in the process of designing and manufacturing 3D objects/prototypes and handy gadgets. Pupils from all age-groups in our school recently entered the 3D printing health challenge where they went about designing and printing something to improve health or wellbeing for either themselves or someone in the community. The CBS Primary had a number of entries and were national winners in the design category for a sensory toy designed and made by Ms. Minogue’s class.


Presenter Biography:

Sinéad Herlihy

M.Ed (SEN), Deputy Principal and DT Co-ordinator and SET in a senior Boys Primary in Co. Cork.
Sinéad uses a wide variety of digital technologies to inspire and engage pupils who struggle to learn in the conventional classroom environment. Her pupils use a wide variety of ICT resources including: Minecraft Education Edition, Khanacademy, Scratch, Lego Wedo, GAFE and many Web 2.0 tools. Sinéad’s class won the MindRising Competition in 2016 for their film ‘1916: A Minecraft Music Medley’ which tells the story of the 1916 Rising and focuses on the story of Joseph Plunkett and Grace Gifford. Sinéad has been a tutor for the PDST-Technology in Education for a number of years.