The future is here and it is three-dimensional


Matraville students trying out the 3D printer technology.

MATRAVILLE Sports High School students will gain hands-on experience with cutting-edge technology, like 3D digital printers, after the school was picked for a federal government grant.

Matraville was among just 10 NSW schools selected to receive a Digital Literacies School Grant of $48,500 to help students develop their critical thinking and digital problem solving skills.

The money will be used to fund intensive sessions for students and staff on coding, 3D modelling and printing, rapid prototyping, laser cutting, injection moulding and robotics. It will be hosted by the UNSW Michael Crouch Innovation Centre.

Matraville will also host the centre’s after-school program for students from the Little Bay Community of Schools, which also includes Chifley, Malabar, Matraville, La Perouse and Soldiers Settlement primary schools.

Principal Nerida Walker said the funding would help students compete for the new generation of digital job opportunities.

“Through this partnership, we will be teaching our students about the importance of electronics, artificial intelligence, mechanical and electrical engineering for the design, manufacture, operation and control of robotics,” Ms Walker said.

“We want our students to be at the cutting edge of digital innovation because ... our students of today will be the ones to determine Australia’s prosperity tomorrow.”