As part of the White House event kicking off the National Week of Making, Autodesk launched its free and open learning platform Project Ignite.
Focusing on building the skill and confidence of young learners through creative hands-on design experience, it is targeted at K-12 schools. The platform combines custom design software, including Tinkercad and 123D Circuits, with step-by-step projects involving 3D modelling, 3D printing and electronics.
With support from companies such as Microsoft, MakerBot and Electroninks Writeables, Project Ignite additionally offers classroom bundles, which include hardware such as 3D printers and electronics kits along with professional development and training services.
Teachers can choose from ready-to-teach 3D design and electronics projects, create classes and organise and manage their students’ projects through the platform.
Kim Coyle, educator at Plainville Middle School: “Our goal is to inspire and prepare the students to be the next generation of innovators, so we’re expanding Project Ignite into other grade levels and looking into creating a makerspace next year to provide an environment that nurtures the students’ curiosity and creativity.”