Professional Development for Teachers this Summer – Free From SolidWorks

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If you are a teacher that needs professional development hours before school starts, wants to investigate STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) lessons, needs a great visualization tool, or just wants to learn what Computer Aided Design (CAD) can do for your students, then the SolidWorks Summer Edition Professional Development program for teachers is for you this July. 

I've been there – teaching in public education for 10 years.  You start your summer break and realize in July you didn't register for a needed summer class.  Instead you drove your daughter to swim lessons,  or helped your spouse paint the house.  Yet, you had a plan; read a good novel, clean a closet, and learn something new. 

That's where the SolidWorks Summer Edition comes in.  SolidWorks – 3D Computer Aided Design software application that lets you create 3 dimensional models – that look real, except they use computer software. 

Our commercial customers use SolidWorks to design amazing products that you use every day,  motorcycles, robots, sails, jetpacks (I wish I went to work this way), contact lens, guitars, and shoes


In school, teachers and their students create amazing models with SolidWorks to explain their projects, ideas and dreams.


So if you teach technology, math, science, engineering, art, history, English, Spanish, Foreign Language, music, communications  – or any other subject.  SolidWorks is a great skill to know. 

Here are a few examples from teachers around the world:

Technology– SolidWorks uses the latest software technology but it is easy enough for 10 year olds to use in their classroom, developed by teacher, Jack van den Broek, Netherlands. 

Science – the physics behind working machines, the result of products and materials on the environment.  If you need more examples, check out these Speedway tutorials by teacher, Pat Haley, USA. 

Art– just beautiful!  Use SolidWorks with photorealistic rendering.  

Spanish (or other foreign language) – install SolidWorks in Spanish/Chinese (provided your students speak/read another language) to learn how to read technical instructions in that language.  SolidWorks Student Guide is available in 14 languages.

Math – Geometry lessons lead to product design, developed by t4 Ireland.

Engineering – Design is what we do, hundreds of tutorials, global input including sustainable design.

History – recreate historic machines or artifacts like a viking ship, Portugal.

Communications – develop technical instructions and presentations,  Japan.


 So, how do you start?

1. Follow the instructions to download and install our SolidWorks Summer Edition.

2. We have created a series of tutorials in Getting Started with SolidWorks

3. Review each lesson.  You follow the steps.  There are worksheets you can review, but no homework will be given – after all it is the summer.

If you want a closer look at the SolidWorks community ask questions at our SolidWorks Forum for educators and students or join our page.

Don’t have time this summer? Then forward information on the SolidWorks Summer Edition to your students and their parents.  It will become a great response to “I’m bored.”  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