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Autodesk Makes Design Software Free for Students, Teachers Worldwide

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Elizabeth M
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Elizabeth M   12/16/2014 4:07:36 AM
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Indeed, Chuck, it seems to be something that can do a lot of good if schools and teachers take advantage of it. That's the real trick here--making sure people have access to this, know about it and use it.

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Charles Murray   12/15/2014 7:09:26 PM
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The numbers here are stunningly large -- 680 million students and teachers. It seems to go hand-in-hand with Prsident Obama's effort to introduce studnts to software coding. It's great for students to get exposed to design software, too.

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Elizabeth M   12/15/2014 5:09:50 AM
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I think we all feel the same way about this, Daniyal. To be honest, I only recently found out about the addition of "art" to the STEM acronym, and of course was pleased to learn about it. It also makes me happy because art has often been neglected in the United States as a serious field of study and practice--with government funding for art the first to get cut many times--so perhaps this will help change that.

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Elizabeth M   12/15/2014 5:08:08 AM
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I agree, naperlou. I know a lot of technically minded people who are also musicians--music has an artistic side but the logic of the notes and the structure of it definitely appeals to the engineer's mind. And art and design in terms of products are becoming very much intertwined. I, too, think adding that "A" does a great service to these fields and to the kids who may one day enter them.

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Daniyal_Ali   12/13/2014 3:11:09 AM
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I agree naperlou. Especially the free hands-on project based curricula aligned with industry best practices can help the students gain insight about common practices in industry and increase their interest in these areas. 

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naperlou   12/12/2014 2:27:27 PM
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Elizabeth, it is good to see the Arts added to STEM.  In my experience, many students who do well in music go into the STEM fields.  There are lots of examples in my family. 

It is good to see the makers of these tools, such as Autodesk's products, making them available.  Using the cloud is the enabling technology that makes it easy to get up and running.  We really need to educate people on the tools, as well as the basics.

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