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Computer Software For Schools Extended

A government minister has used a visit to Coventry to announce the extension of a scheme giving manufacturing software to schools.

Michael Wills, minister for learning and technology was addressing the biggest ever conference of teachers trained in Computer Aided Design and Manufacture at Warwick University.

He revealed that a successful scheme which gave manufacturing software to schools will be extended to every English secondary school.

He said:

"I am delighted to attend this first ever National CAD/CAM in schools conference, in fact it is probably one of the first ever held anywhere in the world.

I am immensely proud of because it shows our schools leading the world in the application of new technology in this vital and exciting field."

The scheme, which provides schools with free Pro/DESKTOP CAD/CAM (Computer Aided Design and Manufacture) software and teachers with training in that software, is a government backed partnership between the University of Warwick's Warwick Manufacturing Group, PTC (Parametric Technology Corporation) and DATA ( the Design and Technology Association).

The programme has sailed beyond its initial target to donate software and to train teachers in its use in 250 schools within a year.

Within the first year the scheme trained more than 1,000 teachers and now, 21 months after the scheme's launch, 3,400 teachers are registered in the scheme - more than 60 percent of all secondary schools now have the Pro/DESKTOP software with a trained teacher.
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CWN / Education / University of Warwick / 20 Mar 01
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