International Journal of Art & Design Education

The Vertex Project: Children Creating and Populating 3-D Virtual Worlds

Volume 20.1   2001



This paper outlines early investigations and initial outcomes of The Vertex Project, a school-based action research project currently underway at Middlesex University. The project aims to explore the potential of Shared 3D Virtual Environments as creative learning tools for children, and looks into the challenges facing their practical integration into the primary classroom. Working in partnership with three primary schools, the project sets out to investigate the teaching and learning possibilities offered by Internet based 3D virtual environments, placing particular emphasis on the opportunities provided by the active participation of children in the design and construction of their own virtual worlds, and in the creation of avatars with which to represent themselves within these spaces.