Samuel Gilbert pupil's design for North West Rail Link station design on track

WHEN James Nolan was asked to design his own train station, he thought blow the aesthetics — he wanted his to be deep in the earth.

"His station was significantly underground," James' principal, Andrew Bowmer of Samuel Gilbert Public School, said.

James was one of a handful of pupils from eight local primary schools invited to design stations on their iPads at the Powerhouse Discovery Centre in Castle Hill on March 7.

They were there for the launch of Fast Tracking the Future — North West Rail Link's new education program.

This is one of many hands-on activities in the program, which shows primary and high school teachers ways to teach students about the $8.3 billion North West Rail Link .

Pupils used Minecraft — an online game about breaking and placing blocks — to design their idea of a modern railway station.

"This program was developed in consultation with teachers and education experts, including from The Hills region," Castle Hill MP Dominic Perrottet said.

Baulkham Hills MP David Elliott said the rail link would feature Australia's longest rail tunnels at 15 kilometres and an elevated skytrain section.

"The lessons will provide an abundance of opportunities for study for students," Mr Elliott said.

Mr Bowmer said he was already looking at ways to incorporate the program into his school's curriculum.

"It's great to have a program to share with our children and schools about the benefits the North West Rail Link will bring to our community," he said.

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