Pupils help design a dream schools

STUDENTS are being asked to put together a 'wish list' of what they want to see included in their new £28 million school. Pupils from Nailsea School

STUDENTS are being asked to put together a 'wish list' of what they want to see included in their new £28 million school.Pupils from Nailsea School demonstrated what designs and facilities they would like to see in the new school using a high tech piece of equipment called a mediascape.A mediascape is composed of sounds and images placed digitally outside in the landscape, which people can access using a hand held computer.The project has been pioneered by Dr Kirsten Carter and Dr Mike Fraser from Bristol University's Department of Computer Science and was funded by a Partnerships for Public Engagement Grant.Nailsea School was selected in September 2006 to be one of the schools in the Building Schools for the Future Project funded by the Department for Education and Skills.It will provide Nailsea with a new state of the art school within three years at a cost of approximately £28.8 million and will be the single largest building project undertaken by North Somerset Council.Dr Kirsten Carter said: "We chose to work with Nailsea School as it has specialist status in media and technology which was appropriate for the project."It is important to the school to engage the community at large in what the design of a new school should offer, including its own pupils."As part of this project we have been helping pupils articulate their thoughts and opinions on what the new school should be like by enabling them to demonstrate different designs."* Nailsea School pupils Alex Hobbs, Matthew Allan with head of the graphics department Jade Copleston and Dr Kirsten Cater from Bristol University.

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