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St Margaret's Pupil Recognised in National Schools Design Competition

Published Thursday 27th of November 2014 03:12:20 PM

A pupil at St Margaret's Preparatory School in Calne, Wiltshire has just been named a runner-up of a national competition to design the 'Classroom of the Future'. Organised by YPO, one of the UK's largest suppliers of educational products, the third place entry has been awarded £250 of school equipment.

The successful design was developed back in the summer by Phoebe Wirick, then aged 8. Her classroom of the future included a holographic teacher, a portal to teleport to different places and buttons that float to control the classroom from any location.

Simon Hill, Managing Director of YPO, said: 'Our 'Classroom of the Future' competition attracted a number of very creative and innovative entries. We were particularly impressed by the ideas in Phoebe's winning design. YPO has been supplying products and equipment to schools for 40 years and we look forward to seeing some of her ideas in our 2054 catalogue!'

Mike Callahan, Head of Computing at St Margaret's Preparatory School, said: 'The competition really enthused the children in our Computer Club. There were many original and thought provoking ideas from the children. I am delighted that our school produced a winning entry. We look forward to receiving new equipment for the school, which is likely to be more traditional than the ideas put forward for the competition!'

The competition was launched earlier this year to mark YPO's 40th anniversary. Since it was established in 1974, the publicly owned organisation has helped schools save money through its bulk buying power for supplies and centralised contact services.
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