Department for Education Director Sinead O’Sullivan visited Sandwell College to see for herself how staff, students and local employers are benefiting from the Fab Lab’s new digital technology developments.
The Fab Lab team impressed the DfE’s Director of Delivery and Accounting Officer by showcasing their work developing the College into an EdTech Demonstrator Site.
Clare Hatton, Head of Skills Delivery at West Midlands Combined Authority, which is funding the project, and Peter Bruch, Managing Director of AE Aerospace, also attended the meeting to understand more about the innovative ways in which the College uses technology to enhance the learning experience for our students.
The education director also had the opportunity to find out how staff and students have benefited from their ‘hands-on’ experience of these cutting-edge technologies.
College staff and students have been using emerging technologies such as virtual reality and augmented reality in a variety of curriculum areas, including Engineering, Health and Social Care, Creative Arts and Teacher Education. And since launching in January, the Demonstrator Site has engaged almost 3,500 local people and organisations.