Liceu Politècnic School was founded in 1965 in the neighbourhood of Rubí, Barcelona.
In 2012 a group of teachers took over the reins of a small school with 196 pupils in Rubí. Within a year, a second centre was opened in the town of Sant Cugat, with the schools having grown to have 400 students at present.
A pioneering school in Spain with the integration of a Fablab@School space, Liceu Politècnic teaches a range of topics from an early age. Among these topics are robotics classes incorporating technology with Google Suite for education, Inkscape, Scratch, Minecraft, TinkercaD (3D), Arduino, Sketchup (3D), Autodesk 123D, WordPress, App Inventor, CorelDraw (3D) and many more.
The school's objective through the Fablab@School space is to prepare students for their personal, creative and future growth. Positive results, such as the improvement of creativity and argumentative capacity of students, practical project wotk and a real cooperation between teachers and students on how to interact and collaborate is noticable within the fablab.
During a typical day at the school, students work with Inkscape, an editing program to develop prototyping projects. First, they sketch their idea before discussing it with the group and teacher. Once they have the finished design we cut the pieces on the laser and the construction begins. Whilst the students don't directly use the laser engraver, they are familiar with how it is used.
The laser engraving machine plays a decisive role in the final stage of the fablab project. At this stage, the finished components from students efforts are created.
Project work is related to the historical buildings that students are studying. They build the objects in plan or in volume, with a large calculation content for the assembly of the parts. Typically, figures are cut from 3mm DM wood, as it allows greater flexibility, and occasionally acrylics are also processed.
Safety in an educational environment is very important! Although the laser engraver is not a tool handled directly by our students as they are very young (between 6 and 12 years old), safety was paramount for our school when choosing a system. We were recommended other lasers, but we opted for the reliability that Trotec gave us for both the functionality and the safety it offers.
When looking for laser cutters, Liceu Politèctnic was searching for a solvent and reliable supplier, with the school opting to purchase a Speedy 100 laser engraver and cutter from Trotec.
The Speedy laser system has proven to be reliable soultion for the school. The decision to become a Trotec customer was made not only due to the high cutting and engraving quality offered by Trotec's laser systems, but also the security of a European brand and local technical service. The technical advice available at any time offers the certainty of an effective solution.
I would recommend Trotec to any school looking to implement a Fabrication Lab and modernise their technology classroom.