KC holds CAD competition for area high school students

Thursday, February 6, 2014

The Computer-Aided Design (CAD) Technology Program at Kishwaukee College is holding a design competition for area high school students. Local high school students can enter the design contest and upload a video of a working model of their design during the competition entry period of April 7-14 which is National Design Drafting Week as designated by the American Design Drafting Association (ADDA). The top three entries, as judged by a panel of local CAD professionals, will receive gift certificates to the Kishwaukee College Bookstore, provided by Eaton Corporation in Rochelle and Claude McKibben, Product Engineer for Eaton Corporation.

Mark Schwendau, CAD instructor at Kishwaukee College, explained that the competition was created in collaboration with the CAD Program’s advisory committee to promote interest in the STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) fields. The competition was designed by Schwendau and consists of the following challenge: Students are to design and construct a “dream house” consisting of both a 2-dimensional floor plan (to show function) and 3-dimensional paper house model (to show form).

Students will submit a CAD drawing of a floor plan, electronically, to Kishwaukee College as a DWG file illustrating function and submit a video production showing all sides and roof of the paper model, for form, posted on YouTube.

AutoCAD® and DraftSight® are design programs that create DWG files and are available for free to students. Videos of the paper model can be uploaded to YouTube and the link emailed to Schwendau.

A link to the complete list of requirements and competition rules as well as to the free Draftsight software can be found at www.kishwaukeecollege.edu/cad (link to competition is at the bottom of the webpage).

For more information, contact Mark Schwendau at 815-825-2086, ext. 3480 or at mark.schwendau@kishwaukeecollege.edu.

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