Wee Replicators introduce themselves! You can meet them at the Edinburgh Mini Maker Faire on Sunday 10 April. Tickets are available now.
Wee Replicators is a small business offering digital making experiences for kids and adults alike. We run weekly 3D printing clubs for kids 6+ where the children can experiment with 3D printers, 3D printing pens as well as 3D modeling software. The aim of these clubs is to give children the creative freedom to use these tools. Through research we have discovered that the few schools that have 3D printers rarely allow the children to make and create what they want. Logistically it just isn’t feasible to give everyone access in a school environment at the moment. We are hoping to conduct research to inform the way that schools can roll out the technology to ensure that it is exploited to its full potential in an educational context.
Additionally, over the school summer holidays in 2016 we will be holding a number of half day, week long courses to give kids the opportunity to learn different digital skills. These include Android app design and development, designing for 3D printing, electronics using Arduino, and more. By giving kids the opportunity to learn these skills at a young age we can be sure that they have a greater chance of success by not only consuming our digital culture but contributing to it in a way that they have a say in the design of their future.
Since starting the business in 2015 we have introduced over 200 kids and countless adults to developing technologies. We hope to significantly increase our reach throughout 2016.