CONCORD, Mass.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—April 10, 2007— SolidWorks Corporation is working with math and science education resource Ten80 Education to launch a nationwide contest in which high school students optimize, modify through design, and race a series of 10th scale model remote-control cars. The FastTrack National Challenge League is based on the Math2Go Accelerated program in which students learn and apply the fundamentals of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) as they model, design, and test their cars to drive farther and faster. SolidWorks is providing every team with free licenses of SolidWorks(R) 3D CAD software along with the online resources to share car models, ask questions, and even show off their designs. Other key Math2Go sponsors include Texas Instruments, the National Science Center (NSC), Sargent-Welch, and The AeroDYN Wind Tunnel.
Ten80 Education is a 10-year-old association based in Saratoga
Springs, N.Y. that seeks to improve STEM education in the classroom.
It has worked with engineers, teachers, students, and industry
professionals to develop curricula that ignite student interest in
STEM topics and potentially encourage them to pursue careers in
engineering. More than 150,000 students have participated in Ten80's
Math2Go programs in the past five years. Math2Go Fast Track programs
feature middle school teams designing 16thscale cars for intra-school
competitions. Next fall is the launch for FastTrack Challenge Leagues,
enabling students from different high schools across the country to
compete in the national contest.
"Getting industry involved in education is crucial," said Ten80
Education Founder Beverly Simmons. "Not only will professional
engineers, scientists, and mathematicians share knowledge with
students, they might possibly inspire students to emulate them. It's
an investment in the future. SolidWorks' sponsorship of Math2Go
Accelerated and the FastTrack Challenge League will have a significant
impact on the program's success."
Donald McKeithan, a senior at Greenbriar High School outside of
Atlanta, has used SolidWorks along with his teammates to design what
they expect to be a winning entry in the national competition. "I had
never used any CAD software before," he said. "SolidWorks has a very
good interface. It gives me a clear view of what I need to do, and how
I need to get it done." Not certain of his career path to date, he
said he may parlay the skills he's honed from SolidWorks into a job in
the video gaming industry.
Ten80 Education and SolidWorks officially launched the national
Fast Track Challenge League at the National Science Teacher
Association conference in St. Louis on March 29th.
"Ten80 is a grassroots initiative started by a teacher with a
vision of how to engage students more deeply in math and science so
they see how these topics are at play in the world around them," said
SolidWorks Director of Education Marie Planchard. "That vision has
become a blueprint for fueling student interest in STEM. We're happy
to contribute to that effort."
For more information about Ten80 and Math2Go, please visit the Web
site at www.ten80education.com.
About Ten80 Education
Ten80 is an education resource, founded in 1996 by teams of
engineers, educators and scientists who collaborate to help students
gain a broader perspective and more fundamental understanding of math
and science in the world around them. Ten80 provides content-based
professional development, strategies and model inquiry-based lessons
to teachers and students in grades 3-12 science, technology, education
and math (STEM) courses. Its research-based MindBugs program helps
teachers address fundamental student-held misconceptions and its
Math2Go and FastTrack Challenges programs engage students in applied
STEM activities. For more information, visit www.ten80education.com.
About SolidWorks Corporation
SolidWorks Corporation, a Dassault Systemes S.A. (Nasdaq:
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, giving teams intuitive, high-performing
software that helps them design better products. For the latest news,
information, or an online demonstration, visit the company's Web site
(www.solidworks.com) or call 1-800-693-9000 (outside of North America,
SolidWorks is a registered trademark of SolidWorks Corporation.
Other brand and product names are trademarks of their respective
owners. Copyright (c) 2007 SolidWorks Corporation.