(If registering for the Fall Conference on ITEC's site, the code for IDEA members to register (Type 3) is "ITECIDEA" )


IDEA Members,

                     The Fall Conference is fast approaching on Thursday October 30th and it will be 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. The IDEA Fall Conference will once again be hosted at Turner Hall on the ISU campus. See our website to register and check out the program. Thanks to Mark Anderson, Dr. Ryan Brown, ISU, and the IDEA Board for offering another great fall workshop.  We once again will be joining TEAI and participating in ITEC conference on Friday Oct 31st in Normal at the Marriott.

                        At 2012 Fall Conference the membership voted to fund $500/year Dr. Ryan Brown IDEA Scholarship. The first scholarship will be awarded this fall and the winner is Eric Tecaunhuehue from Aurora, Il.  He is TEE major at ISU and a past participant in IDEA. The scholarship information and an application are posted each spring on our site. Please encourage your students to apply each year.

                     At the September Board meeting the Board voted to pursue revising our current website to allow it to be more easily used from computers and mobile devices.  This should allow it to be more interactive and user friendly. We will be reaching out to you, the membership, to provide us with input, submit design/engineering links to share, and other feedback. We are pursuing using Google Drive for competition, conference, and member registration as a way to streamline these processes and lessen the workload of the directors.

                     With the revision of the constitution and Board jobs descriptions and responsibilities we have changed the structure of electing new Board members.  At the Fall Conference we will hold the annual membership meeting and elect 2 members to the Board.  These members will serve a 2 year term and be able to serve in a number of capacities. Under this system we will have 2 Members at Large/recruiting/membership directors, a secretary, VP, and President any of which can serve in that role for a number of years. Please consider becoming a member of the Board.  Contact any current Board member to express your interest.  We sincerely hope that you will nominate a peer of yours to be the IDEA “Teacher of the Year” for 2014. We all work with many deserving individuals who are worthy of this award.  Please submit a nomination by October 15th. http://www.idea-online.org/IDEA_2013_R_Tim_Phillip_Award.pdf


I hope that your year is off to a great start and that I see you at the IDEA Fall Conference or at ITEC. 



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