CONCORD, Mass.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—April 11, 2007— SolidWorks Corporation today announced it would grant as many as 1,000 new licenses of SolidWorks(R) Student Edition 3D CAD software to individual U.S. educators dedicated to improving students' science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) skills.
The SolidWorks-STEM Educators II grant is the second consecutive
year of the initiative and includes training and lesson plans to help
teachers and faculty from elementary school through college integrate
the four separate disciplines for more effective education.
"3D CAD software is a perfect storm of science, technology,
engineering, and math, and it brings these disciplines home in a
vivid, interactive way that nails the question, how is this relevant?"
said Herbert Crosby, professor of mechanical engineering technology at
the University of Maine. Crosby was among the first educators to
secure a SolidWorks STEM grant and create a course using SolidWorks
software to strengthen STEM instruction.
CAD software is adept at conveying 2D and 3D geometry concepts to
younger students and illustrating algebra and physics principles in
later years. Teachers can apply these topics in a wide range of
engineering projects - for example, designing small-scale cars or
simulating the effects of design changes on air flow.
With backing by the National Science Foundation (NSF), STEM is an
emerging movement in American education aimed at improving
technological literacy and global competitiveness. STEM addresses
warning signs found in numerous studies showing the United States
falling behind in engineering graduation rates and math/science
"3D CAD brings science, technology, engineering, and math together
in a dramatic and effective way that foreshadows how students can
apply their skills in high-paying careers," said Marie Planchard,
director of education at SolidWorks Corporation. "STEM education with
SolidWorks gives students the ability to compete in a global
engineering design world."
The SolidWorks-STEM Educators II grant includes:
-- One copy of SolidWorks Student Edition software;
-- SolidWorks Education Edition curriculum and courseware CD for
-- A self-paced online course that demonstrates ways educators
can incorporate 3D geometry with STEM concepts;
-- 20 hours of step-by-step tutorials;
-- Access to the SolidWorks Teacher Community Web site at
-- Monthly online SolidWorks-STEM symposia focusing on new
approaches to math (including algebra and geometry), biology,
chemistry, physics, art, and economics;
-- Opportunity to become certified as a Certified SolidWorks
-- Opportunity to accredit one's institution as a Certified
SolidWorks Associate Exam Provider.
After completing the online course, teachers must demonstrate
their competency by producing a short STEM lesson for the classroom
that will be shared on the SolidWorks Teacher Community Web site.
SolidWorks will then provide an electronic certificate to the teacher
documenting 30 hours of professional development work.
Teachers that receive a certificate are eligible for additional
advanced online training classes preparing them for the Certified
SolidWorks Associate (CSWA) Exam. Primarily for students, the CSWA
Exam is a comprehensive assessment that measures competencies in 3D
CAD modeling technology, engineering principles, standards, and
industry practices. It helps educators gauge individual student
progress as well as curricula effectiveness. The CSWA certification
manufacturing companies and design firms tangible proof of
competency as students enter the job market. When a grant recipient
passes the exam, the institution becomes eligible to become a CSWA
Provider. The CSWA Exam is available in the following languages:
English, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Spanish, and Brazilian
How to apply
Teachers must apply for SolidWorks-STEM Educators II grants by May
30, 2007 at www.solidworks.com/stemgrant. Grants will be awarded in
May and June 2007, and assignments must be completed during the summer
of 2007. For more information, listen to a podcast on the
SolidWorks-STEM Educators grant at
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,
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