Partners in Education

Help Shape the Future With Our Partners in Education

Autodesk collaborates with a variety of education-focused organizations to inspire and enable students to design a better world. We work with secondary and postsecondary classrooms, as well as extracurricular programs. Discover how you can help prepare the next generation of architects, engineers, designers, and digital artists by working with our partners in education:

ACM SIGGRAPH (Association for Computing Machinery SIGGRAPH)

ACM SIGGRAPH is an interdisciplinary community interested in research, technology, and applications in computer graphics and interactive techniques. Members include researchers, developers and users from the technical, academic, business, and art communities.

American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE)

ASEE is a nonprofit organization with 12,000+ members committed to furthering education in engineering and engineering technology. ASEE develops policies and programs that enhance professional opportunities for engineering faculty, and promotes activities that support increased student enrollment. Autodesk is an ASEE Premier Corporate Partner, and we collaborate with ASEE on a variety of programs, events, committees, and initiatives worldwide including the Global Engineering Deans Council.

Architectural Foundation of San Francisco (AFSF)

The Architectural Foundation of San Francisco is a nonprofit educational organization that involves San Francisco elementary and secondary school students in a mentored appreciation of architecture, engineering, construction, and the design process. Autodesk is a Premier Sponsor of the AFSF, contributing current versions of Autodesk software, sponsoring events and student design competitions, and partnering with the Foundation as a site for professional development for both secondary and postsecondary educators.

Change the Equation (CTEq)

Change the Equation is a new science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education initiative launched mid-September 2010 in a ceremony at the White House. Autodesk is a founding member of CTEq, along with leading corporations from technology, business and entertainment. The goals of CTEq include improving STEM teaching; inspiring student appreciation and excitement for STEM programs and careers; and achieving a sustained commitment to improving STEM education from business leaders, government officials, STEM educators and other stakeholders.

FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology)

The mission of not-for-profit organization FIRST is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders. The FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC), supported by Autodesk for nearly 20 years, is an extracurricular high-school program serving approximately 50,000 students. The Autodesk FIRST partnership includes: sponsoring events; making free software available; offering access to resources and a collaborative workspace on the Autodesk Education Community; providing the Autodesk Kit of Parts—virtual robot parts modeled in Autodesk® Inventor® software; and hosting the Autodesk Award for Excellence in Design—a popular student design competition incorporating Autodesk software.

Formula SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers)

The Formula SAE annual competition challenges SAE student members to conceive, design, and fabricate small formula-style racing cars. Members work in teams to build the cars over a period of about 1 year. At the competition, their cars are compared to other vehicles created by students from colleges and universities from around the world. Autodesk’s partnership with FSAE includes: providing software, training, and resource materials, as well as supporting programs and events.

Formula Student

Formula Student is a student competition open to university teams from around the world with a series of competitive events that take place in Europe, including the U.K., Germany, and Austria. The program goal is to build the future generation of engineering talent and to promote careers and excellence in engineering. The competition challenges students to design, build, develop, market, and compete in teams with their small, single seat racing cars. Autodesk partners with Formula Student to provide software, training, and resource materials to competing teams, and to support the challenge events.

International Game Developers Association (IGDA)

In its 15th year, the International Game Developers Association is the largest nonprofit membership organization serving individuals who create video games. The IGDA is committed to advancing the careers and enhancing the lives of game developers by connecting members with their peers, promoting professional development, and advocating on issues that affect the developer community.

Project Lead the Way (PLTW)

Project Lead the Way forms partnerships among public schools, higher education institutions, and business and industry to prepare an increasingly diverse group of students to be successful in engineering, technology, learning, and careers. Currently, there are approximately 4,100 PLTW programs in middle schools and high schools in which students are using Autodesk software to complete their coursework. PLTW’s comprehensive teacher training program, which incorporates Autodesk technology and curriculum, is delivered through an affiliate network of over 30 leading engineering colleges and universities around the U.S.

Shell Eco-marathon

Shell Eco-marathon (SEM) is described as a “sustainable mobility challenge” in which teams of students design, build, and race vehicles engineered to go the longest distance on the least amount of fuel/power. While the majority of teams are comprised of students from colleges and universities, there are also a handful of teams from secondary schools. SEM began as a community outreach Shell event in France, but has grown over the past 3 years to include events in Europe, U.S., and Asia. Autodesk partners with SEM worldwide to provide competing teams with software, learning materials, and technical assistance, and to support events with on-site technical resources and learning opportunities.

VEX Robotics

VEX Robotics is a classroom product as well as a global competition program that engages students from middle school to college in robotics, both as a classroom platform for STEM principles and as an exciting extracurricular competition. VEX is the largest classroom-based robotics competition program in the world, primarily due to its affordability and accessibility. VEX also has a program of online challenges open to students at all levels of education. Autodesk supports the competition program and provides a robotics curriculum for the classroom that incorporates Autodesk Inventor. In 2011, VEX estimates 350,000 students will be involved in its classroom and competition programs, worldwide.

WorldSkills International (WSI)

WorldSkills International is a worldwide not-for-profit membership association that promotes vocational and technical education and training, and that challenges students and their teachers, trainers, and employers to achieve world-class competencies and standards. Autodesk is a Global Partner to WorldSkills International and contributes significantly to both WSI and regional skills organizations and competitions, including WorldSkills Americas, WorldSkills Europe, and SkillsUSA. Autodesk partners with WSI and local organizing committees, providing a range of resources including software, welcome kits for competitors and technical delegates, technical resources, and prizes for medal winners. WSI global events attract hundreds of thousands of visitors, students, and leaders in education, industry, and government. Autodesk will be a key sponsor of the WorldSkills London 2011 global championship, and Autodesk Inventor is the exclusive software product for competitors in mechanical engineering design/CAD.