Autodesk, Inc. has announced Autodesk Project Ignite, a free and open learning platform that intended to build the skill and confidence of young learners through creative, hands-on design experiences focused on the latest technology trends like 3D printing and electronics. Targeting K-12 schools, Project Ignite encompasses the end-to-end design experience, from idea to digital modeling to physical fabrication. It brings together free and custom design software, step-by-step projects and for-purchase hardware options. Autodesk’s Project Ignite, Tinkercad and 123D Circuits web sites are COPPA safe-harbor certified by CARU Kid's Privacy Safe Harbor Program.
The Project Ignite learning platform adds to Autodesk’s comprehensive free offerings in education by delivering a package of technology, learning content and services created specifically to bring the Maker Movement into the classroom.
With support from companies including Microsoft, MakerBot, and Electroninks Writeables, the Project Ignite learning platform additionally offers classroom bundles, which include hardware such as 3D printers and electronics kits along with professional development and training services, to help educators get up and running quickly.
Autodesk aims to bring innovative technology on common platforms to offer a better end user experience. Just as Spark, Autodesk’s open 3D printing platform, aims to accelerate innovation in 3D printing, Project Ignite extends this concept into education by empowering the next generation of innovators and will be available in English for educators and students in the U.S. and abroad.
For educators – Project Ignite brings together free Autodesk design software, including Tinkercad and 123D Circuits, and offers step-by-step lessons within these apps to encourage design thinking and hands-on problem solving skills. It also provides for-purchase hardware options such as 3D printers from MakerBot and Circuit Scribe pens and modules from Electroninks Writeables. Educators can also login for free to access Project Ignite content whether or not they wish to purchase hardware.
For schools – Administrators may choose from various package solutions comprised of free software and for-purchase hardware options, educator training and support, all from a single place to introduce the Maker Movement into the classroom.
For educational partners – Project Ignite is open to educators, publishers, education technology and hardware providers looking for unique opportunities to help drive the next education revolution that will inspire students to further their STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) education and provide educators access to emerging technology trends quickly.
For families or parents – Project Ignite is a great way to learn technology basics together in a moderated environment that extends to engaging and fun weekend projects.
To learn more about the Project Ignite learning platform, visit https://projectignite.autodesk.com.
Source: Autodesk, autodesk.com