FEB 01] UNIVERSITY OF WARWICK NEWS
Johnny To Launch £2.3m Hi-Tech School Effort
TV presenter Johnny Ball will be opening more young minds to the
wonders of science in Coventry next week when he launches a £2.3
million engineering education programme.
(right), who presented Play School for 16 years and made
children’s science popular with Think Of A Number, will be at
Stoke Park School and Community Technology College on Monday for
the start of the Technology Enhancement Programme (TEP).
aim of the programme is to train, educate, and motivate young
people by giving them practical skills that will help industry
in the future.
father of Zoe Ball, will be giving his support to the project
which will give schools and colleges new resources to come up
with new ways of teaching technical subjects.
scheme is funded by the Gatsby Technical Education Programme and
will be managed by the Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG) at the
University of Warwick.
with the 14-19 age group, the programme aims to give schools
access to modern technology at a low cost and to provide
training for 10,000 teachers over the next three years.
was chosen to manage the project as it is already involved in
programmes to improve the perception of technical, engineering
and manufacturing in schools.
efforts of the group, based at the Unviersity of Warwick,
includes the distribution of free CAD/CAM software, and a
programme helping 55 schools to set up their own engineering
design partnership, backed by BAe, to design their own jumbo
director, Professor Kumar Bhattacharyya, said:
of WMG's aims in the new programme is to develop a
demonstrator of the school workshop of the future, a workshop
that would include automation, robotics, CAD/CAM, new
materials from plastics, composites, metals and