Last week I found myself Wenceslaus Square, city center of Prague, Czech Republic. The Velvet Revolution of November/December 1989 created a new country with students ready to compete on a global stage.
Josep Maley and Veronika Kubínová SOLIDWORKS Value Added Reseller, 3E Praha Engineering, drove us to Kolin Technical High School where we got to see the world class accomplishments of their students. Director Jaromir Kratochvil and Master Teacher Franktisek Obeslo presented how students receive an introduction to SOLIDWORKS. Then the topics advance to skill sets relevant in industry, such as mold design, sheet metal fabrication, and complex assemblies. At Kolin Technical HS it’s all about job ready skills and a strong fundamental education.
Hands-on machining with Haas CNC and programming with FESTO processing equipment made me want to take a class.
Students are preparing for a global industry as they work with cars shipped to the UK manufactured by and automotive conglomerate comprised of Toyota, Peugeot and Citroen, TPCA.
Kolin Technical High School also represented their country at the world finals for F1inSchool in Dubai. Using SOLIDWORKS for design, SOLIDWORKS Simulation for Stress Analysis in crash testing, and SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation for drag, their trophies, metals and photos are proudly displayed in the school’s main hallway.
Visit to Czech Technical University
Back in Prague, the SOLIDWORKS EDU team visited mechanical engineering professors Martin Janda and Frantisek Lopot at Czech Technical University. Here students are working directly with our commercial customers.
CTU uses SOLIDWORKS in education, research and industry. Examples in SOLIDWORKS Simulation and large assembly drawings were truly impressive.
CTU also has a world-ranked SAE Formula Student racing team. In 2014, CTU CarTech Racing placed 3rd in Formula Student ATA Italy, 2nd in Formula Student Czech Republic and 5th in Formula Student Germany. Their vehicles from years’ past competitions are proudly showcased in the engineering building.
The Prague astronomical clock, installed in 1410 is the 3rd oldest astronomical working one in the world. Now is the time to take notice on how students in the Czech Republic are using with SOLIDWORKS.
Budweiser Budvar (not the same as US) is one of the highest selling beers in the Czech Republic and exports to 60 countries. Soon the most popular export will be the world class engineering talent of the Czech Republic. Students are our future.
Our travels to the Czech Republic also allowed the SOLIDWORKS EDU team to meet with SOLIDWORKS European Value Added Resellers. Students worldwide are creating great products with SOLIDWORKS as interns and apprentices with SOLIDWORKS commercial customers. More stories are to come.
Thank you Josef and Veronika for an amazing event. Marie