Registration form for the 2015 Fall Conference can be found here!

IDEA Members,

I hope that you have all had a relaxing summer and a great start to your school year. New students, curriculum, equipment, etc., make for an exciting time of year for teachers and your IDEA organization was founded to support you and your students. The Fall Conference is fast approaching on Thursday October 15th 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. Mark Laingen, 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 16th in Normal at the Marriott.

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 will allow it to be more interactive and user friendly. We will be unveiling the new look website at the Fall Conference and asking for your input. We are now using Google Drive for competition, conference, and member registration as a way to streamline these processes and lessen the workload of the directors.

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 2015. We all work with many deserving individuals who are worthy of this award.  Please submit a nomination by October 1st. http://www.idea-online.org/IDEA_2013_R_Tim_Phillip_Award.pdf

At the 2012 Fall Conference the membership voted to fund $500/year Dr. Ryan Brown IDEA Scholarship. The second scholarship will be awarded this fall and the winner is Jordyn Imana from Hindsdale, Il.  She is a 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.

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


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.


Congratulations to the Ryan K. Brown IDEA Scholarship winner Jordyn Imana.   



Congratulations to all the IDEA state competitors!


2015 State Competition Results


IDEA State Competition Winners!  (PDF)

Introductory Board 2015 - 1st, 2nd, & 3rd Place Winners  (PDF)

Introductory CAD 2015  - 1st, 2nd, & 3rd Place Winners (PDF)

Architectural Board 2015  - 1st, 2nd, & 3rd Place Winners  (PDF)

Architectural 2D CAD 2015  - 1st, 2nd, & 3rd Place Winners (PDF)

Architectural 3D CAD  2015  - 1st, 2nd, & 3rd Place Winners  (PDF)

3D Assembly Modeling 2015  - 1st, 2nd, & 3rd Place Winners (PDF)

Machine CAD 2015  - 1st, 2nd, & 3rd Place Winners (PDF)

3D Modeling 2015  - 1st, 2nd, & 3rd Place Winners (PDF)




IDEA 2015-16 Calendar
Fall Conference:  IDEA: 10/15/2015  ITEC: 10/16 -10/17/2015
Regional: 3/4/16  (optional dates 2/26 - 3/11)  
State Competition: 4/16/16