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Llanybydder's t-shirts for the Formula 3D Challenge, designed by the pupils

Pupils of Year 5 & 6 at Llanybydder School have recently been invited to take part in a pioneering 3D Printing Engineering project for primary schools. Teams of children from eight county primary schools will take part in the 3D printed remote control car race, which will take place in Carmarthen Park’s velodrome in late June.The project, led by Swansea University’s College of Engineering in partnership with Carmarthenshire County Council, is aimed at introducing pupils to digital technologies like 3D printing from a young age.

Pupils from each school will research, design and build their own cars using the latest Computer Aided Design and 3D printing technology. As well as 3D printing, assembling, painting and testing their cars, schoolchildren will also be tasked with picking team colours, creating a marketing campaign and negotiating advertising deals for the race event. Tiny cameras will be mounted on each team car for replay and viewing, with drone photography also being provided on the day of the race. Each school taking part will have a pits area at the velodrome, where sponsoring car dealerships will display their latest models.

Team Mazda will be represented by Ysgol Gynradd Nantgaredig, Team Kia by Ysgol y Dderwen, Team Ford by Ysgol Teilo Sant, Team MG by Ysgol Llanybydder, Team Citroen by Ysgol Llanllwni, Team Volvo by Ysgol Carreg Hirfaen, Team Hyundai by Ysgol y Bedol, and Team Subaru by Ysgol Peniel.

At a launch event in Canolfan S4C Yr Egin in Carmarthen, Swansea University donated 3D printers to each participating school. Children have already began printing and assembling their remote control cars, having secured sponsorship from regional car dealerships. Dr. Dimitris Pletsas, of Swansea University, talked to hundreds of children about the use of 3D printers and other ‘smart manufacturing’ technology at the launch event. He said: “The Formula 3D Circuit Race won’t just be fun for participating children – it’ll also be educational because of the engineering, design, IT, problem-solving, marketing and team working skills they’ll learn."

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On 17th May 2019, pupils of Year 5 & 6 visited Swansea University to learn more about engineering and robotics. The children had a brilliant day and were totally inspired.


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One of the tasks the children needed to do, was write letters to local companies asking for a donation towards the project. We can't thank our sponsors enough.



On the 6th June, we went to visit out sponsor garage MG O C Davies, Cwmffrwd. Thank you for the warm welcome, the opportunity to look at  some great cars and ask questions. 


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Here is our completed car

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The day of the race

It was a beautiful morning on the 22nd June as we headed down to the Velodrome in Carmarthen. The car was ready, the pupils were ready and all the hard work over the past few months was all down to this day. We had a phenomenal day and the big race was extremely exciting. Eventhough we did not win, we were very glad for our friends at Llanllwni for finishing in first place. Congratulations.

Llanybydder School have been very fortunate to be part of such a superb project, providing our pupils with new, important and beneficial skills for the future.