You may have read about last year’s Silk Road initiative, where our Chinese office took a “Dream Bus” around the west of China to inspire and educate young children in remote areas about 3D Printing. This year, the saga continues as the Long March – the Dream Bus will start in Jinzhai and make its way to Dingxi across the south of China.
Materialise China’s dream is to influence future perspectives of kids in remote areas through innovation. As of last year, our team has been working on the Silk Road project and, since the project kicked off in April in Xi’An, it was finally my turn to be a teacher on the Dream Bus. I got up at 4 am to leave from Shanghai to Huangzhong, a small county of 400,000 citizens, which is located in the Qinghai province of West China. I arrived and was warmly welcomed by the local education bureau, who picked me up at the airport and immediately took me for a delicious lunch where I met the Adream team and the other volunteers.
Born as an initiative from one of our colleagues at the Materialise China office, Tom Yan, the Silk Road project aims to spur innovation and development in the Western part of China. Together with Chinese charity organization, Adream, and TEACH, a company that provides courses on 3D Printing, Materialise organized a mobile Dream Bus, that will drive through Western China and stop in several locations to allow local children to learn about 3D Printing.