Anita Straker

Anita Straker

Anita Straker, CB, OBE

Educationalist, games designer

Anita Straker CBOBE, is a British educationalist. After teaching maths in schools, she became Wiltshire's maths advisor and then a school inspector. The loan of a Commodore Pet by a fellow inspector sparked her interest in programming. She enjoyed using it so much she bought one herself and her knowledge of programming then led to thoughts of using computers in primary schools. She went on to pioneer computers in schools from within the Department for Education and Employment.

At that time the only primary school software available was American, so she started writing her own programs. In the 1980s, she wrote the educational text adventure games Mallory Manor (1983), Merlin's Castle (1984), Zoo (1984), Martello Tower (1986) and Puff (1986) for the BBC Micro (publisher ESM).

In the 1990s, she designed the National Numeracy Strategy for primary school children for which she received her honours. She also wrote a number of maths textbooks.


 

 

 

 
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