Big opportunity for small hands at TCT Show

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Schoolchildren will get hands-on experience of 3D printing at the TCT Show + Personalize 2013 in September, courtesy of an initiative from Rapid News Communications Group, 3D Systems Corporation and Black Country Atelier.

Building on a successful programme that has been running at the TCT event for many years, the 2013 TCT Bright Minds UK programme will see a classroom built in the heart of the exhibition floor during the show, on 25 and 26 September at the NEC in Birmingham, UK.

Up to 300 schoolchildren will have a chance to try out CAD and 3D Printing technologies in a workshop setting. Black Country Atelier will run the sessions with the equipment being provided by 3D Systems.

Duncan Wood, chief operating officer at Rapid News Communications Group, explained: 'We have been running TCT Bright Minds UK for a number of years as part of the TCT show but have always wanted to have a greater impact on a wider range of students. This exciting new partnership for 2013 enables us to do just that.

'Black Country Atelier are experts in delivering education sessions in this technology area and the huge amount of equipment generously provided free of charge by 3D Systems means we are now able to scale this programme up and have a much bigger impact. We are looking forward to working with BCA and 3D Systems to really inspire the next generation of designers and engineers.'

Jing Lu, partner at Black Country Atelier, added: '3D Printing can be an incredibly intuitive and rewarding way for young people to engage with technology. We are hugely excited to be part of a programme that will give hundreds of students and teachers experience of this technology.'