BLAKEVIEW Primary School students have seen their three-dimensional (3D) printing designs come to life after a student designed outdoor play space was officially opened last week.
Last year, year two teacher Megan Koop challenged her students to create physical models of play spaces they would like to see built at their school, as part of a 3D printing project.
The students responded positively and outlined an increased need for a safe, nature-based, outdoor play space within the school.
Ms Koop said the school had identified play spaces were lacking for students and wanted to take a hands on approach to solve the issue.
“Our school was growing in numbers, but we didn’t have enough areas to play,” she said.
“We thought we could design an area where children could engage in nature and get back to a more adventurous style of play.”
Ms Koop said the students worked in partners to each develop a play equipment design and worked collaboratively with other pairs to finalise their work.
“We surveyed the whole school for what ideas they wanted in the space,” she said.
“We had lots of peer feedback along the way and throughout the planning stage (the students) were able to interact with the other pairs and give each other feedback to improve their designs.”
While the school had planned to build some of the smaller aspects of the student’s designs, plans changed when it received an $80,000 grant from the State Government as part of the Fund My Neighbourhood (FMH) program.
The new area, which now includes play equipment such as tepees made from sticks, an outdoor mud kitchen, water pumps, sandpits and a wooden playground, was officially unveiled last week.
Ms Koop said thanks to the FMH program, the outdoor play area is now something that both students and the community can enjoy.
“It feels like we’ve accomplished something that’s really good for the area,” she said.
“It’s amazing to see something which we thought was a small idea really grow into what it has.
“It was good that the community got involved (through FMH) because this space is open to the community, after school hours, so it’s able to benefit people in the area whether they come to the school or not.”