Birmingham schools to get virtual testing
December 16 2009
Staff and pupils in Birmingham will use computer software to plan for rebuilding schools, according to a news report.
The computer-game style software will allow those taking part to try various furniture layouts and building designs, the report added.
The project will grant "students, school leaders, governing bodies and the local community the opportunity to creatively engage with design concepts", Birmingham City Council's education director Sylvia McNamara was quoted as saying by the BBC.
Kenn Fisher, of Melbourne University, took part in developing the software and said youngsters are already used to using such computer game environments.
"Simulation is increasingly being used in many educational and training sectors to minimise laboratory and practical costs," he was quoted as saying.
In other news, a group of year six students from St Andrew's Junior School in Burnham won the highest award in mathematics at the Wellington School Maths Challenge. Another 37 schools from Somerset and Devon took part in the annual competition, according to the the Weekly News.
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