Improving Technology Education Across Ireland with SolidWorks

T4 Irish Department of Education with SolidWorks

Changing a country's technology education for its future requires great dedication by  teachers. Technology Subjects Support Services, t4 helped the Department of Education and Skills develop and implement geometry and product design curriculum at second-level (high schools) across Ireland. With t4's help, SolidWorks developed their case study to share with you along with the syllabus and educational materials from their courses.  I wish I could take my high school geometry class over again but this time with SolidWorks. 

The results since 2007:

  • Provided 3D CAD access to 142,000 students
  • Trained 1,410 teachers in applying 3D CAD across technology projects
  • Enhance teaching and learning significantly
  • Better prepare students for technology careers.

Examples of the t4 curriculum can be found at

Syllabus Content from Design and Communication Graphics Course

Part One – Core Areas of Study

Plane and Descriptive Geometry  

  • Projection Systems  
  • Plane Geometry  
  • Conic Sections  
  • Descriptive Geometry of Lines and Planes  
  • Intersection and Development of Surfaces  

Communication of Design and Computer Graphics  

  • Graphics in Design and Communication  
  • Communication of Design  
  • Freehand Drawing  
  • Information and Communication Technologies  

Student Assignment

 Part Two – Optional Areas of Study  

Applied Graphics  

  • Dynamic Mechanisms  
  • Structural Forms  
  • Geologic Geometry  
  • Surface Geometry  
  • Assemblies

 Thank you, t4 for sharing your curriculum with teachers and students all over the world.  Marie

Marie Planchard

Marie Planchard

Senior Director, Early Engagement, 3DEXPERIENCE Works at Dassault Systemes
Marie Planchard is an education and engineering advocate. As Senior Director of Education & Early Engagement, SOLIDWORKS, she is responsible for global development of content and social outreach for the 3DEXPERIENCE Works products across all levels of learning including educational institutions, Fab Labs, and entrepreneurship.
Marie Planchard