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Year 9 Pupils Teach Primary Pupils to Design Buildings

Year 9 Pupils Teach Primary Pupils to Design Buildings


Year 9 pupils at St Ambrose Barlow High School have been teaching Year 4 pupils from local primary schools how to use industry standard Architecture software – possibly a world first!

As part of the BIM4Education agenda the school has hosted three BIM (Building Information Modelling) workshops with St Mark’s, St Charles, St Mary’s and St Edmunds Primary Schools in Salford. The first was a training session for ten Year 4 teachers, followed up by workshops for the pupils themselves. Over 180 local children attended the workshops, which were led by Year 9 pupils from St Ambrose Barlow. The students presented to the children and guided them through the design process using the software. By the end of the workshops each child was able to design a building!

DEC tutor Dan McDonagh said: “I believe it is a world first that 8 and 9 year old students are learning to use Revit. What makes it even more exciting is that the pupils are being taught by our Year 9 students - who are Revit experts! Every single Year 4 student managed to design a building in two hours with no prior training.”

Headteacher of St Mark's Primary, Trish Garner, said: “Our Year 4 returned to school today having had a great time! They loved the visit. Our staff said the pupils who were teaching them were absolutely brilliant!”

Autodesk Revit is industry standard building information modelling software for architects, structural engineers, MEP engineers, designers and contractors. It is taught to students at St Ambrose Barlow High School as part of the DEC (Design, Engineer, Construct) programme, created by Class Of Your Own Ltd.

The school has a record of success relating to the Built Environment - three students from the Sixth Form were the first to be offered prestigious paid work experience placements at construction company Laing O’Rourke, and a group of Year 11 pupils were named Champions of a National competition to design a hotel.

BIM4EDUCATION is CITB/NSC funded digital built environment awareness programme for schools and colleges in the U.K. For more information visit: http://www.citb.co.uk/News-Events/Blogs/bim4education-starts-in-the-classroom/

For more information about the Design Engineer Construct! learning programme, visit: http://designengineerconstruct.com/

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