Hornby's handout to model students
HORNBY Hobbies has teamed up with Kent County Council to let primary schools design their own train-set landscapes.
The Margate company has sponsored the initiative to the tune of more than £7,000.
As pupils create their models they have learnt how to plan a project, draw to scale, connect electrical circuits and motors and discover how trains shunt engines and wagons.
Council leader Paul Carter said: "This is a completely new venture for us and we are grateful to Hornby for providing the equipment to make it happen.
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"The response from schools just emphasises the enthusiasm of teachers to find new ways of motivating young people to learn new skills while having fun."
Each school will be provided with a train and track to create a portable layout on a shelf.
Pupils can develop their own ideas and add trains, track and countryside.
There were more than 100 applications for the 50 train sets on offer. All have now been distributed.
Simon Kohler from Hornby Hobbies said: "We are really pleased to have joined up with Kent County Council to implement the Kent Schools Model Railway Competition.
"We are excited by the response and look forward to the children displaying a wide range of skills to complete the competition."
The competition ends in June when the 12 best model railway layouts will be on display and the judging panel will decide on the overall winner.