Tawa Intermediate receives futuristic technology

Tawa Intermediate receives futuristic technology

Weta Workshops founder Sir Richard Taylor speaks to a group of Tawa Intermediate students about the exciting potential of 3D printing. PHOTO: SEAN NUGENT

Tawa Intermediate has been given a 3D printer by Weta Workshops founder Sir Richard Taylor who told the school the possibilities were endless.

Taylor, famous for his work on The Lord of the Rings, was welcomed alongside Northern ward city councillors with a powhiri and a hongi.

He told about 100 students 3D printing would be as comfortable with young people as the internet was with them now.

Having the printers at Weta Workshops had introduced more jobs with employee numbers rising to as high as 340 at times.

He also said the possibilities were endless for 3D printing.

“3D printed houses are not yet a commercial reality, but they will be.”

Last year, Taylor was named 3D printing ambassador for Rotary Newmarket’s campaign to get 3D printers into primary schools.

The printer, valued about $1500,  was gifted by an anonymous donor through the June Gray Charitable Trust.

Tawa Intermediate became the second school in the area to receive a 3D printer after Linden School was gifted one late last year.

The gift was part of an initiative led by the chairman of the Tawa Resident’s Association Tony Hassed.

The aim was to prepare children for the future workplace and the technology they would encounter, he said.

“Our objective is to have 100-150 students coming out of Tawa College up to  date with all technologies.”

Those included artificial intelligence and virtual reality as well as 3D printing.

While they were niche technologies, Hassed believed they would be at the forefront of the technology world when students such as those at Tawa Intermediate entered the future workplace.

Having a 3D printer at Tawa Intermediate would be very beneficial to young members of the Tawa community.

“All primary schools [in the Tawa area] lead into Tawa Intermediate, so it’s important for students to learn skills during their time there.”

Hassed was also at the forefront of the Tawa Technology Education Trust, set up to raise funds to provide the latest technology to Tawa schools.

It aims to raise $1 million over the next five years.

It also hoped to establish after-school workshops where students could take their designs to professionals to receive feedback, and possibly even see them become developed.

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