British schools are to receive £12m of CAD/CAM software as part of an industry/government programme to modernise engineering education.
US-firm Parametric Technology Corporation will give away the software free of charge, and the Government is providing £1m to administer the project and train teachers to use the package. The programme has been organised by Warwick Manufacturing Group.
Parametric is giving 55 selected pilot schools its Pro/Desk CAD/CAM software and will allow pupils to install it on their home PCs. Hardware will come from the Government’s £1bn `computers for schools’ scheme. This is backed by the Confederation of British Industry and large British manufacturers including GEC, British Aerospace and Rolls-Royce.
The scheme is the brainchild of Professor Kumar Bhattacharryya, director of the Warwick Manufacturing Group.
He said: `We have a problem in this country getting youngsters into design and manufacturing. I suggested to Parametric that Britain should act as the test bed for this idea.’
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