State Winners are now posted in the competition tab and Congratulations to all who participated this year!

A few videos from the Architectural and Engineering Design Teams are posted:

 M3M IDEA state presentation: – YouTube

ED101 Full Video of Presentation.mp4 – Google Drive

The Candy Dispenser – YouTube

 AD103 IDEA 2021 STATE – Final Presentation Video.mp4 – Google Drive

IMG_6666.MOV – Google Drive



President’s Letter


IDEA Members,



Congratulations to all of the participants and winners of this year’s competition. Thank you to everyone who participated at the state and regional level, all of the teachers, IDEA board, regional directors and all who made the competition possible this year. A special thanks to all the educators who encouraged their students to compete even in a pandemic year and helped prepare the students to compete.

We had over 320 students compete across the state at the regional level and 185 students compete at the state level this year. Even though this was new experience with the “virtual” competition everybody involved did a great job to make it work for our students. Without all of you, none of this would be possible. It is great to see all of the students eager to participate in something again, and to show us the skills and talent they work hard to achieve!


Next School Year

We all hope for a healthy and more normal school year in 2021-2022, and we are planning to make the IDEA opportunities also as normal as possible.

*We are planning an in-person and hybrid fall conference In October of 2021 at ISU. Tentative dates are 10/22 – 10/23/2021.

*We hope to go back to in-person competition, but now have an online/virtual option if needed. This should provide opportunities for school and students all over the state.


Website Resources Tab


It is never too late for this year or early for next to start looking for ideas and resources. There are several resources, website links and Job opportunities on our Resources tab. Feel free to offer other useful resources using the google form link.


Future IDEA Members

If you know other teachers who would like to join and could benefit from our organization, please encourage them to join.


Encourage your students to consider a career in the teaching field of technology education. Over the last few years there has been plenty of technology Education teaching jobs, including for next year.


Almost Summer!

I hope everyone stays healthy, enjoys the remainder of this school year, and has a great summer break! We look forward to an even bigger and better 2021-2022 for the organization as we continue to modernize and improve opportunities for both students and educators.



Jeff Brown- President


Teacher of the Year: Scott Duensing

Friend of the IDEA- Brian Rick

Friend of the IDEA- Rob Jervis

Friend of the IDEA- Don Whitman

1 month ago

Thank you to everyone who competed in the regional and state competitions this year. We will be updating the final results by early next week!

5 months ago
IDEA | Illinois Design Educators Association

Registration for the 2021 spring competition is now live under the teachers tab at Remember this year the competition will be held slightly different in a virtual format. Also ... See more

About IDEA Who We Are IDEA Officers IDEA’s History Awards Competitions Regional Directors Teachers Parents Competition Results Example Problems Conference Yearly Membership Form Fall Conference ... See more

6 months ago

The idea board is working hard to develop a virtual format competition for this year to give everyone an opportunity across the state to compete. The architectural and engineering team competition ... See more

7 months ago

ITEC 2020 is now live at your own pace or you can visit a few of the live sessions virtually today. Also congratulations to Scott Duensing for winning the IDEA teacher of the year award and to Brian ... See more

7 months ago

Don’t forget to register for the virtual ITEC conference by October 30th to get your free goodie bag shipped to you. We have lots of great sessions lined up for this year in our virtual format.

8 months ago
TEAI - Technology Education Association of Illinois - ITEC Home

Virtual IDEA ITEC Conference Registration is now live at Register by October 30th to receive free goody box!

9 months ago

Welcome Back to the new School Year! Keep an eye on the website for information concerning this year. The presidents letter has been posted and we are currently preparing for a virtual ITEC ... See more

1 year ago

Free Fusion 360 online pd opportunity on July 15th from 12-4. The flyer is attached to the IDEA Website. Email to register.

1 year ago

Please see the statement from our board concerning the state competition.

1 year ago

Congratulations to all the state qualifiers. Stay tuned for information concerning the future of the State Competition. The IDEA Board has a meeting tomorrow 3/16 to determine the course of the ... See more

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