By Todd Domke
One of the unexpected and most well received announcements at SOLIDWORKS WORLD was that SOLIDWORKS engineers and designers have been busy creating a collection of apps for their own kids to get them excited about design and art with Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). If you can get kids interested before the 7th grade, then their chances of going into an engineering or science path is much greater. The idea is to get kids interested when they are most impressionable and open to learning new things.
In 2009, the United States Department of Labor listed the ten most wanted employees. Eight of those employees were those with degrees in the STEM fields: accounting, computer science, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, information sciences and systems, computer engineering, civil engineering, and economics and finance. According to the U. S. Department of Commerce, STEM occupations are growing at 17%, while others are growing at 9.8%.
SOLIDWORKS Apps for Kids – starts with what SOLIDWORKS is great at - creating professional applications to address the different stages of design workflow, and breaks it down into fun bite-size applications for kids to have some fun and learn about design, art, creativity, crafts, and more. The apps will be OS and device independent, so that will help greatly with accessibility. SOLIDWORKS Apps for Kids will include:
To register for the SOLIDWORKS Apps for Kids Beta Program, go to www.solidworks.com/AppsForKidsWould you like your child to be part of the Beta program, a unique opportunity to shape the future of the product? You are invited to participate in the SOLIDWORKS Apps for Kids Beta starting in the spring. SOLIDWORKS welcomes your feedback as well as your child’s opinion on how they can make the SOLIDWORKS Apps for Kids better. The release is scheduled for spring 2016 with SOLIDWORKS Education Edition Academic Year 2016-2017.