IDEA 2014-15 Calendar
Regional Competition: March 6, 2015     
State Competition: April 11, 2015

Congratulations to our Teacher of the Year: Don Whitman of Normal Community High School


IDEA Members,

I hope that the first half of your 2014-15 school year has been productive and that your semester of teaching has allowed for student growth in learning. As we pass the half way point of the school year now is the time to get ready for IDEA competition season beginning with Regional registration by February 6, Regional Competitions at local sites on March 6th, and concluding with the State Contest at ISU on April 11th. Please check out the competition page on our website for more complete competition information.

Last year we had more than 900+ students and 90+ teachers represented at the Regional competition level. This is a testament to your commitment to your students and the IDEA organization. This year Regional and State registration is going to be done in a new format to lessen the burden on our volunteer Competition, Financial, and Regional Directors. We are going to ask you to use a Google drive link to fill in the registration form if you have that capability. If not, we will have you download and fill out an Excel sheet to be emailed back. Payment will still be handled by printing out either form and mailing it back with your payment to the Financial Director. In the past the use of hand written entry forms has led to unnecessary work for our directors, loss of mailed in forms, and confusion at Regional sites. We thank you in advance for your support as we move in this direction. Just as in our schools Regional sites are seeing changes in personnel and IDEA wants to make this a valuable and beneficial experience for all involved.

Your commitment to IDEA can be further strengthen by reaching out to one other drafting, TEE, or engineering teacher you know. Invite that person join us and allow their students to reap the rewards of their involvement. Please make one more teacher, student, administrator, or parent aware of this great organization.

The Board will be meeting February 6th to further plan for the competition season and discuss matters related to the IDEA organization and its direction for the future. Your input is valued and important to us. Feel free to contact a Board member or attend the meeting to offer input. Each fall new Board members are elected and we want you to consider helping this great organization as it moves into the future.

Best wishes to you and your students as they compete. As a teacher I enjoy seeing the faces of my students as they compete and win medals IDEA contests and realize what they have learned in class has been validated and rewarded. I look forward to seeing you at the IDEA State competition in Normal.



Steve Skorup

IDEA President


Congratulations to all the IDEA state competitors!


2014 State Competition Results

IDEA State Competition Winners!  (PDF)

Introductory Board 2014 - 1st, 2nd, & 3rd Place Winners  (PDF) 

Introductory CAD 2014 - 1st, 2nd, & 3rd Place Winners (PDF)

Architectural Board 2014 - 1st, 2nd, & 3rd Place Winners  (PDF)

Architectural 2D CAD 2014 - 1st, 2nd, & 3rd Place Winners (PDF)

Architectural 3D CAD  2014 - 1st, 2nd, & 3rd Place Winners  (PDF)

3D Assembly Modeling 2014 - 1st, 2nd, & 3rd Place Winners (PDF)

Machine CAD 2014 - 1st, 2nd, & 3rd Place Winners (PDF)

3D Modeling 2014 - 1st, 2nd, & 3rd Place Winners (PDF)



Ryan K. Brown IDEA Scholarship

Students who have participated in the IDEA annual Drafting and Design Competition and who are attending or planning to attend Illinois State University are now eligible to apply for the new Ryan K. Brown IDEA Scholarship.   Applications are due by May 15, 2015.



IDEA 2014-15 Calendar
Fall Conference:  IDEA: October 30 -31  ITEC: October 31 - November 1
Regional: March 6, 2015     
State Competition: April 11, 2015