Today marks the end of National Engineer’s Week in the United States. The week celebrates engineering’s contributions to society and emphasizes the importance of math, science, and technology education. Just by watching the winter games, viewers are inspired by the amazing feats of the athletes and how much equipment design can contribute an athlete’s success. Similarly, for an engineer, an education is crucial in providing her with the right tools to succeed and become an innovative designer in the future
Our Education customers have embraced the importance of a strong engineering education. Here are some of their stories:
Preparing students for the 21st century, GrandView High School replaced AutoCAD 2D software and adopted SolidWorks 3D CAD solutions to help students win the top technology jobs of the future. By embracing SolidWorks into their curriculum, GrandView High School boosted enrollment in technology focused classes. The school even gave its students the chance to compete in the 2011 Technology Student Association CAD Championships. They were able to produce one competition champion and a few finalists who made it into the top ten.
A technical-vocation school in France, Lycée René Perrin provided students with real world engineering experiences by collaborating with vocational educational institutions in Germany, Hungary and Spain to develop fully functional scale replicas of Airbus A380 jets. Each school’s team took a portion of the production and design cycle. Using SolidWorks, Lycée René Perrin was able support the project over the course of two years and prepare engineers in their BAC Pro Machining Technician (TU) program for work in industry.
By speaking to the values of National Engineer’s Week, both GrandView High School and Lycée René Perrin help show the importance of a strong STEM education background and hands-on learning experiences early on in an engineer’s career.
Read more about our Education customers here.