A Very Early Start For A Career In Planning

<p>A innovative program for gifted children in Australia is giving students a chance to learn the basics of town planning.</p>
January 17, 2007, 5am PST | Christian Madera | @cpmadera
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"Like many a dedicated urban planner, Luke Walker could not stop thinking about his work even after he had retired for the evening.

So he built a monorail from his bed, with straws and aluminium foil. The gifted seven-year-old is one of 13 budding town planners in the University of NSW's Small Poppies program, where children as young as four begin preliminary studies for careers in urban planning, forensics, philosophy and cryptology.

The number of participants in the holiday program for gifted and talented children has almost doubled among those aged four to seven-year-olds since July."

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Published on Wednesday, January 17, 2007 in The Sydney Morning Herald
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