Letter from the IDEA
I hope that your 2013-14 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 due by February 7 and concluding with the State Contest on April
12th. Please check out the competition page on our website for more complete
Last year we had more than 1000 students and 100 teachers
represented at the Regional competition level. This is a testament to
your commitment to your students and the IDEA organization. Your commitment to
IDEA can be further strengthen by joining us in a “Power of One” campaign of
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. Use the “Power of One” to make one more teacher, student,
administrator, or parent aware of this great organization. If you know of a
fellow teacher that has not been involved in IDEA in the past please forward
their name and school information to us to include on our email list. We will
be reviewing and revising our membership list before next fall and we will be
asking you to provide us with up to date information as we move forward.
The Board will be meeting January 31st to further plan
for the competition season. If you have any input for the Board please contact
us with questions or concerns. We are excited that some of our former Regional
sites are getting back involved and we are looking for new Regional sites in
the middle of the state to allow more participation by those high schools. We
once again want to thank Randy Jacobs and Dr. Ryan Brown for their work on
running our competitions. Thanks also goes out to our Regionalsites and hosts.
One of the more exciting things your organization has done
this past year is it voted to fund the $500/year Dr. Ryan Brown Scholarship for
former IDEA students enrolled in the ISU CAST department. Please make your
future graduates aware of this great opportunity.
Best wishes to you and your students as they compete. One of
my greatest joys as a teacher is seeing the faces of my students as they
compete and win medals at our 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.
Waubonsie Valley HS Instructor
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,
IDEA 2013-14 Calendar
Fall Conference: IDEA: October 10-11 ITEC: October 11-12
Regional Competition: March 7, 2014 (Alternative date:
March 14, 2014)
State Competition: April 12, 2014