IDEA Members,

                     I am writing to congratulate all the teachers who encouraged your students to compete in the IDEA Regional contests in March and the State Competition in April.  We had over 1000 students entered at the Regional level and over 200 competing at State at ISU. We were able to award State Championships to 8 students and their instructors as they were “The Best of the Best” for 2014 and they proved it. Check out the results on our website. The students were also presented with medals, textbooks, and software for their efforts. We would like to thank GoodHeart-Willcox and Chief Architect companies for their prize donations.

                     Kudos goes out to our Competition Directors Randy Jacobs and Dr. Ryan Brown.  They once again had developed challenging state drawings and organized a competition that was enjoyed by students, parents, and teachers.  The ISU campus and Turner Hall were very busy places, but everyone was able to scramble and follow the agenda throughout the day. Gratitude was expressed to Dr. Brown by your organization as it voted again to fund the $500/year Dr. Ryan Brown Scholarship for former IDEA students enrolled in the ISU CAST department. Please make your senior students aware of this opportunity.

                     Please continue to stay involved in YOUR IDEA organization. It was great to see new teachers and programs represented at the State Competition and giving their students a chance to compete. Please continue to reach out to those drafting, TEE, PLTW, or design teachers in your area. The Board will be working on the membership list, website, and other organizational aspects through the summer and fall. We will start to build our teacher database off those teachers who have attended the Fall Conference or registered students for the Regionals or State. We will then start to reach out to our colleagues who teach in the drafting or design areas. We would like to document and recognize your years of involvement in IDEA with certificates. To do this we will be asking you to self-report your years of involvement when registering for any IDEA event. Next year will be a year of change with the registration process as we want to computerize entries and streamline the process for all involved.  Please consider joining the IDEA Board in the fall to help keep the organization moving forward with continued energy and new ideas.

                     Best wishes to you and your students as you complete the 2013-14 school year. Enjoy your summer break, families, and time to re-energize. We look forward to working with you in the fall when you return to your schools.  For those of you retiring-Thanks for your years of service and involvement in IDEA.


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, 2014.



IDEA 2014-15 Calendar
Fall Conference:  IDEA: October 30 -31  ITEC: October 31 - November 1
Regional Competition: TBA, 2015     (Alternative date: TBA, 2015)
State Competition: TBA, 2015