Autodesk provides student grants for STEPS Academy

  • July 23, 2007
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DEARBORN, Mich., July 23, 2007 – As part of its ongoing commitment to foster the next generation of engineering professionals, Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) announced today a financial donation to the Science, Technology and Engineering Preview Summer (STEPS) Academy established by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) Education Foundation and Project Lead the Way (PLTW) for middle-school students. The grant will be used to sponsor one student at each of the 62 STEPS Academy programs scheduled across the United States this summer. SME Education Foundation and PLTW created the STEPS Academy to give middle-school students positive, hands-on manufacturing experiences and expose them to exciting careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Autodesk has partnered with PLTW for 10 years, providing access to powerful Autodesk 2D and 3D design software that allows students to experience their ideas before they’re real and to understand the real-world relevance of STEM subjects. Autodesk funding of STEPS Academy complements the company’s donation of software to other summer and school-year middle- and high-school programs through PLTW. "Autodesk, Project Lead the Way and the SME Education Foundation are all committed to improving STEM education," said Bart Aslin, SME Education Foundation director. "Our collaboration benefits students, educators and the industry by equipping the future workforce with the skills necessary for success.”At each STEPS Academy, PLTW-certified instructors facilitate project-based instruction and activities. Participants sample engineering disciplines related to robotics, electronics and aerospace, using the leading-edge Autodesk technology that they are likely to encounter when they study these subjects in college. This program format is designed to motivate students to participate in PLTW Gateway to Technology courses that take place during the school year, and to encourage enrollment in more advanced science and math courses in preparation for college."Autodesk is proud to support the STEPS Academy,” said Gary Conrad, North American education programs manager for Autodesk. “This program plays a vital role in STEM education by giving younger students the opportunity to learn the professional tools being used by today’s designers and engineers throughout the world. We hope this program will help prepare future generations to sustain U.S. leadership in design and engineering innovation.” Autodesk is investing in a number of programs to improve STEM education throughout the country, and recently launched an online community for middle- and high-school educators and students to improve learning outcomes in STEM subjects. The Autodesk Student Engineering and Design Community provides free* access to popular 2D and 3D design software, as well as myriad resources to promote project-based learning, from curricula and a teacher-only discussion forum, to projects and homework help for students, and more. Any middle- or high-school educator or student can join the community at www.autodesk.com/school. About the Society of Manufacturing Engineers Education FoundationThe Society of Manufacturing Engineers Education Foundation is one of the nation’s leading non-profit organizations dedicated to advancing manufacturing education. Its approach is threefold: to inspire youth to pursue careers in manufacturing; to support students studying for a career in an engineering-related field; and prepare these students through its Manufacturing Education Plan grant program in colleges and technical schools. The Foundation has provided more than $21 million in grants, scholarships and awards. The Education Foundation was created by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers in 1979 as a means of transforming manufacturing education in North American colleges and universities. About Project Lead the WayProject Lead the Way is a not-for-profit organization that promotes pre-engineering courses for middle- and high-school students. PLTW forms partnerships with public schools, higher education institutions and the private sector to increase the quantity and quality of engineers and engineering technologists graduating from our educational system. About Autodesk EducationAutodesk supports worldwide academic achievement and lifelong learning by providing 2D and 3D solutions for teaching and learning design in the fields of manufacturing, industrial design, architecture, construction, civil engineering, and media and entertainment. Autodesk is committed to helping the next generation of engineers, architects and designers experience their ideas before they are real by making state-of-the-art digital prototyping solutions available inside and outside of the classroom through substantial discounts, subscriptions, grant programs, training, curricula development and community resources.About AutodeskAutodesk, Inc. is the world leader in 2D and 3D design software for the manufacturing, building and construction, and media and entertainment markets. Since its introduction of AutoCAD software in 1982, Autodesk has developed the broadest portfolio of state-of-the-art digital prototyping solutions to help customers experience their ideas before they are real. Fortune 1000 companies rely on Autodesk for the tools to visualize, simulate and analyze real-world performance early in the design process to save time and money, enhance quality and foster innovation. Learn More

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