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Monday, 5 February, 2001, 15:25 GMT
Ball inspires young engineers
Johnny Ball
Johnny Ball has inspired many young people in science
Television personality Johnny Ball launched the latest phase in a technology programme designed to inspire young engineers of the future.

The Technology Enhancement Programme (Tep) is aimed at the 14 to 19 age group, giving schools access to modern technology at low cost.

It is funded by the Gatsby Technical Education Project and managed by the Warwick Manufacturing Group at the University of Warwick.


The aim is to make sure children in schools have access to the technology of the real world

Warwick University
With a 2.3m cash injection to the scheme, pupils will be offered the chance to design the school workshop of the future.

"A workshop that would include automation, robotics, Cad/Cam, new materials from plastics, composites, metals and natural materials," said Professor Kumar Bhattacharyya, the director of Warwick Manufacturing Group.

Johnny Ball, a young person's science educator whose television shows in the 1970s and 1980s included Think of a number, launched the scheme on Monday.

Tep will also offer training for 10,000 teachers, ensuring they are familiar with the very latest technology used by companies today.

The scheme will run alongside other initiatives, such as designing a jumbo jet.

"The aim is to make sure children in schools have access, not to the technology of the 50s or 60s that their school happens to be lumbered with, but to the technology of the real world being used in factories and universities of today," a spokesman for Warwick University said.

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