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3DW virtual reality wind farm project

Design and build a wind farm in VR

3DW virtual reality wind farm project

3DW's school engagement programme involves working with groups of 30 students per day, the students work in teams which are tasked with designing an offshore wind farm. They start by assigning themselves roles (e.g. project manager, PR advisor, financial manager) and then start to plan a wind farm using maps, taking into account a host of different planning constraints.

They then visualise their designs in 3D software developed by 3DW and are able to fly around their creations using a VR headset. They must undertake financial modelling over the 25-year lifespan of the project then give a presentation to the rest of the class explaining and promoting their project. These sessions also help develop teamwork, presentation skills and other employment skills. The project also promotes science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) skills.


Minimum of 15 participants, maximum of 30 participants.


Full school day.


Learning outcomes

  • Improve engagement, interest or enjoyment in STEM subjects

  • Improve attainment and progress in STEM subjects

  • Learning what the engineering workplace is like

  • Develop engineering employability skills

  • Improve awareness and aspirations for STEM-related study and careers

  • Challenge stereotypes by showing the diversity of disciplines, people and skills involved in engineering

Subjects and topics

    • Design and Technology
    • Engineering
    • Maths
    • Design, art and fashion
    • Energy and environment
    • Materials, products and manufacturing
    • Structures, construction and civil engineering

Gatsby benchmarks

The Gatsby benchmarks are a framework for good careers guidance for schools across all of England and in some areas across the rest of the UK. This experience helps your school to reach the following benchmarks:

  • Addressing the needs of each pupil
  • Linking curriculum learning to careers
  • Encounters with employers and employees
  • Experiences of workplaces
  • Encounters with further and higher education

Essential skills

The essential skills every young person needs to succeed in education and their future career. Find out more at the Skills Builder Partnership. This experience builds the following skills:

  • Creativity - the use of imagination and the generation of new ideas.

  • Leadership - supporting, encouraging and motivating others to achieve a shared goal.

  • Listening - the ability to listen and understand information.

  • Speaking - the oral transmission of information or ideas.

  • Teamwork - working cooperatively with others towards achieving a shared goal.

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