It’s Great to be a Teacher at ITEEA


Kenosha SMV Team Loves SolidWorksUnion Grove HS Students

The International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA) had its 77th annual conference in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, last week.

Master Cam at ITEEAStatasys at ITEEA

I’ve been to ITEEA for a numbers of years, but this year something was different.  Yes, Milwaukee is a great city.  Teachers joked of a “beer and motorcycles” theme.  But ITEEA’s true theme was “Building Technology and Engineering STEM Partnerships.”

Harley at ITEEA

ITEEA members did not disappoint.  Great presentations and exhibitions were given by universities, colleges, and high schools that focused on STEM subjects that are making a difference in jobs.

Frank Lloyd Wright Reverse Engineered UW Plattville

The best comments came from SOLIDWORKS CSWA Academic Providers that can boast how their students get great jobs. After passing the CSWA exam, students become CSWA certified.   Richard Platt, Sarasota, Florida, has been providing the CSWA exam to both middle school and high school students for years.  With sound manufacturing skills, his students continue to place high in global competitions and get great jobs – even before they graduate.  Florida education with SOLIDWORKS is helping to grow young talent in design and manufacturing.

Students enjoyed showing us their products in SOLIDWORKS.

Rachel & Casey from Purdue STEM Leaders

A major shift is occurring in digital design and digital manufacturing education.  Fab Labs from Ohio, Wisconsin and Minnesota showed how they work with students, teachers and communities.  Started by the Fab Foundation, Fab Labs continues to grow in both US and world-wide locations providing access to communities of all ages to learn and to do.

Fab Lab Gateway Technical College

Thank you ITEEA for a great event.

ITEEA 2015 Having Fun

And thank you Milwaukee School of Engineering SAE team for telling us to try the “fried cheese curds.”  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