President’s Letter

IDEA Members,

The Fall Conference was a great opportunity to meet together, attend workshops, learn the latest and greatest software upgrades, and prepare ourselves to teach our students the 21st Century skills that they will need for their future success. Congratulations to Mark Anderson, Dr. Mark Laingen, ISU, and the IDEA Board for offering another great fall workshop. New this year was an opportunity to try out Certiport’s Autodesk training and certified user software. Members were able to get certified in AutoCad and Inventor and find out the benefits of these programs for their students.  It was also a great day to greet our fellow drafting and design instructors from throughout the state.

The conference business meeting also allowed members to hear about the goals and direction for IDEA, organization’s finances, website, “Rebranding” efforts (more info to follow in the near future), and to elect a new Board.  We now submit a slate of candidates to the membership to be elected to the 5 member Board. This elected Board will then reorganize to fill the positions of President, Vice President, Secretary, and Membership Chairs. Elected officers may serve consecutive terms. In odd-numbered years, three members will be elected, and in even-numbered years, two members will be elected. We welcome new Board member, Jeff Brown of Lockport to the Board.   Following nominations the Board reorganized for 2016-17 with President-Brian Rick, Vice President- Joe Wuest, Secretary- Randy Hines, and Membership Chairs- Steve Skorup and Jeff Brown.It was great to make our award presentations during our Thursday lunch session and again during our Friday IDEA/TEAI ITEC breakfast session.

Congratulations to the following recipients: IDEA Awards and Recognitions:

Tim Phillip “Teacher of the Year”              Jeff Brown Lockport Township High School

Dr. Ryan K. Brown-IDEA Scholarship       Jordyn Imana- Hindsdale Illinois

We also recognized you, the teacher members, with awards for your years of membership and commitment to IDEA and your students. When you register as a member we will be asking you to indicate how many years you have been involved in IDEA. These records are now being updated and we want to recognize your service. We will be presenting and sending out certificates for new members of IDEA, 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, etc. years of membership.  

A forum was held to discuss the continued implementation of the 2 new IDEA team competitions- Engineering Design and Architectural Design.  These contests allow a team of 2 or 3 students to complete a project for presentation at your IDEA Regional. Winning teams will advance to the state competition. As this is the second year of implementation we will be offering it to all Regionals and member schools for 2017.  Please contact your Regional Director to encourage them to include these contests for your students. Watch the website for more information. Speaking of websites, IDEA launched our new easier to access and mobile friendly website this year.  We recently spent a Saturday work session dedicated to reviewing and updating the site.  Now it is your turn to use it and help us keep it up to date and relevant.  We have added a teaching links page– send us your best sites to include on IDEA website. A survey will be sent out and a website link be created for submission. Give us your feedback as you start to use the website.

It has been my pleasure to serve on the Board for the past 8 years, 5 as your President, and now 2 more before retiring. I encourage all members to consider becoming involved in serving the teachers and students of IDEA as a few  Board members and Directors are nearing the end of our teaching careers and new people and ideas will allow IDEA to thrive in the future.

I hope that your year is off to a great start and we will see you in the spring at the IDEA Regional and State contests.


Steve Skorup
IDEA President
Waubonsie Valley HS Instructor

IDEA Calendar

  • Regional Competition: March 3, 2017
  • State Competition: April 22, 2017
  • IDEA Fall Conference: October 27, 2016
  • ITEC-IDEA Conference October 28-29, 2016


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