Autodesk, a global leader in 3D design, engineering and entertainment software, today pledged its support to ensuring design and technology remains a priority for educating Britain’s students by becoming a member of of the Design & Technology (D&T) Association. Through its “Believe in D&T” campaign, D&T Association provides support, advice and subject leadership for schools and teachers in the UK.
Recognising the importance of preparing the UK’s 9.5 million students ages 5-16 for entering a competitive global labor market, the Department of Education recently announced that D&T is to remain on the curriculum for primary schools in the UK.
“Support from industry leaders like Autodesk is critical for our efforts to ensure Britain’s teachers and students have access to a 21st century design and technology curriculum. These technologies not only help students produce better D&T work, but they are also prepare them to compete in an increasingly competitive global workforce,” said Richard Green, CEO of the D&T Association. “We thank Autodesk for its support and look forward to continuing our productive collaboration.”
Autodesk and D&T Association have already implemented a pilot programme to introduce students and teachers to advanced design software in the classroom. Students at East Barnet School, a secondary school in north London, used Autodesk Inventor to design and build a robot, which won the UK VEX Robotics competition in March 2012 and competed in the world championships in California in May. The students are also learning 3D design principles through the use of the Autodesk 360 cloud platform and other Autodesk applications for tablets.
“East Barnet School is a great example of how innovative teachers can expose students to engineering and design principles using mobile and cloud technology in a classroom setting. Inspiring the next generation of designers is important to us, and we are proud to support UK’s students and educators through our collaboration with the Design & Technology Association,” said Matthew Bell, UK Secondary Education Manager, Autodesk.
Last week, Autodesk announced new software suites, cloud technology services and curriculum for educational institutions designed to help instructors teach design concepts. More information is available at the Autodesk Education Community, an online community for students and educators where individual students can gain free* access to the latest 3D design software for personal, non-commercial use, download learning resources, search for internships and jobs, showcase their designs and discuss design topics with peers. In addition, educators can download software, curricula, and exchange best practices within the secured site. Since its launch in 2006, the Autodesk Education Community has expanded to more than four million members representing students and educators at more than 150,000 schools in over 200 countries.