SolidWorks Extends Support For Nationwide TSA Competitions

Technology Student Association middle and high school winners received SolidWorks 3D CAD software

CONCORD, Mass.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—July 12, 2006— SolidWorks Corporation today announced it has expanded its support for the national Technology Student Association (TSA) competitions to include the middle school and high school winners from each state in six engineering-related categories. Winners at the state level received a free copy of SolidWorks(R) Student Edition 3D CAD software this spring to help fuel their enthusiasm for engineering.

TSA is the oldest student organization dedicated exclusively to students enrolled in technology education classes in grades K-12. It serves more than 150,000 students in 2,000 schools around the country. Most of its members are high school students who participate in local, state, regional, and national competitions. Previously, SolidWorks provided 3D CAD software to the national winners announced at the end of June. This year, the company provided SolidWorks Student Edition to winners in every state in up to six categories, including everything from CAD architecture to dragster design.

"Seeing the fruits of their labors is extremely important to budding engineering students," said National TSA Executive Director Dr. Rosanne White. "Sponsorship from companies like SolidWorks, whose software lets students see their potential, is extremely important in bringing CAD to life."

This expanded sponsorship is part of SolidWorks' continuing commitment to prepare students to compete for engineering jobs in a global economy. More than one million students at more than 10,000 institutions worldwide receive SolidWorks training every year. The company has recently begun or expanded support for several science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programs, including:

-- SkillsUSA;

-- Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST);

-- TSA Robotics; and,

-- Annual Technical Conference (ANTEC) 2006.

"Exposing middle and high school students to the CAD software they will likely use as professionals is crucial to growing the pool of qualified engineers from this country," said Marie Planchard, SolidWorks Corporation's director of education. "Our goal is to continue making the software easy to use and learn, engaging, and available to students around the world."

About SolidWorks Corporation

SolidWorks Corporation, a Dassault Systemes S.A. (Nasdaq: DASTY, Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA) company, develops and markets software for design, analysis, and product data management. It is the leading supplier of 3D CAD technology, providing intuitive, high-performing software that helps product design teams develop great products. For the latest news, information, or an online demonstration, visit the company's Web site ( or call 1-800-693-9000 (outside of North America, call +1-978-371-5000).

SolidWorks is a registered trademark of SolidWorks Corporation. Other brand and product names are trademarks of their respective owners. Copyright (c) 2006 SolidWorks Corporation.

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