Autodesk will donate $250 million in technology resources to a White House program aimed at helping secondary school teachers prepare students for STEAM careers (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics).
The company will provide teachers at more than 27,000 U.S. secondary schools with 3D design software, project-based lessons, training and certifications through its Design the Future program, the company announced Tuesday.
“As part of our ongoing commitment to training and equipping the next generation of designers, engineers, architects and digital artists, we are proud to respond to the call from President Obama,” said Carl Bass, Autodesk president and CEO.
“Today we are committing to making our Design the Future program available to every secondary school in the United States over the next year.”
Design the Future was launched as a six-month pilot in 2013 for 350 California schools and was expanded to Texas in 2014.
Participating teachers will have free access to current versions of the company’s 3D design software, curricula assigned to Common Core and ISTE standards, training and certifications.