Free Design Software Fuels Student Invention

Free Design Software Fuels Student Invention

Autodesk, Inc. (opens in new tab) has made its design, engineering and entertainment software free to students, instructors and academic institutions worldwide.

To facilitate the integration of design tools into curricula, Autodesk also offers free project-based learning content and resources including the Digital STEAM Workshop (opens in new tab) and Design Academy (opens in new tab).

Students ages 10-13 from Bronx public schools used Autodesk TinkerCAD and Fusion 360 to design and engineer an "energy scooter that charges electronic devices when it's foot-pedaled by its riders." The students are currently generating a 3D model of the scooter and the portable electricity generator (which could be attached to even a regular bike) so that it can be sent for manufacture.

To learn more or to request free educational access to Autodesk software, visit (opens in new tab).

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