The Last of Us Journey Through 2014

The Last of Us Joel and Ellie Pencil Sketch by Stephanie Planchard

The Last of Us developed by Naughty Dog and published by Sony Computer Entertainment for Play Station is one of the most popular video games ever created and features the journey of two characters, Joel and Ellie. My daughter, Stephanie created this pencil sketch as a gift to her boyfriend Thiago based on his favorite video game characters.

At the start of the year, there was only a blank piece of drawing paper.  Stephanie wanted to create something special, so she took her time to think about the design.

As we close 2014, the SolidWorks Education team has met so many wonderful educators, students and SolidWorks Value Added Resellers that take their time to think about great designs.  Some of their stories have been posted on this SolidWorks STEM Teacher blog,


In January – we met CAD instructors, Max Lizarraga and Jerry Miranda and their students from Mt Sac Community College in California that shared their experiences on a SolidWorks skills based education, CSWA Certification and great jobs that use SOLIDWORKS.


We looked to Engineering Girls as our new role models with The Girls of Steel, a FIRST Robotics team from Pittsburgh, PA..

First Robotics Champions 2014 Team 469 Las Guerrillas

In March and April we visited hundreds of FIRST Robotics Teams (FRC) in competitions in regionals, districts and the FRC championship in St Louis.  We shouted with the FRC 2014 Team 469 Las Guerrillas and recognized their innovation in robot design using SOLIDWORKS.

Team Dronolab

We met with students that compete in the cold and snow like Team ETS DRONOLAB Autonomous Flying Vehicle.

University of Louisville attempt hill climb-1

We met teams that compete in the dirt like University of Louisville SAE Baja vehicle.

URoma Tor Vergata FSAE Team

We stopped by the shops of Formula Student teams like URoma Tor Vergata FSAE Team.

Opening Shanghi Vocational Skills Events Rayee SolidWorks VAR

We met with our SOLIDWORKS value added reseller Rayee in China that host skills based design competitions.


and at the French Olympiad of Science and Technology UPSTI Microsoft and VAR CADWare to support the best young designers.

Kamil Panas CNS Solutions SolidWorks Design Contest 1

We have seen the results from amazing student design competitions hosted by CNS-Solutions Poland, CADMES, Netherlands, SolidExpert Poland, and Sqedio, Portugal.

FAB10 Barcelona

We met amazing students and designers at the 10th international Fab Lab conference in Barcelona – cant wait for number 11.

Workshop for Warriors CAD Team Photos

We saw hard working veterans pass their CSWA exams at Workshop for Warriors – truly an honor to visit with these veterans.

Paulo Iscold First Flight 2014 Designed in SolidWorks

We flew in spirit with record holder, Paulo Iscold,UMFG Brazil, First Flight 2014 Designed in SOLIDWORKS.

Ken Clayton PM Ravikumar SATC Announcemnet

We met with older students as we launched the SolidWorks Autorized Training Centers in India.

Zubia Nasir JB Academy SHARPS on SOLIDWORKS

We know students like Zubia Nasir JB Academy are starting young in India with SOLIDWORKS.

2014 FSAE Japan SolidWorks Sponsorship 1

We met hundreds of students that compete in FSAE Japan competition.

SolidWorks Japan Family Fun Day 1

And we smiled at kids summer camps hosted by SolidWorks Japan and reseller GoEngineer.

Marie with Grace Chia from Team Bumblebee NUS


We travel to Maritime RobotX to meet with the best teams in the world and visit National University of Singapore.


and we launched the SOLIDWORKS Education App for Teachers and Students so you can share your designs with us. You can download the SOLIDWORKS Education App at the Apple store and Google Play.


As the journey of 2014 comes to a close, we thank our educators, students and SolidWorks Value Added Resellers that have contributed so much to the SolidWorks Community.  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