The Onshape Teaching Symposium is a virtual event bringing together educators who use Onshape in K-12 and higher education to share teaching methods and best practices, discover project and lesson ideas, and see examples of student work.
This year's event has concluded. Thank you to all participants and attendees. Please check out the videos from the event below.
Welcome and Opening Remarks
Jordan Cox, PTC
Insider Insights Keynote: The Democratization of 3D through Education
John McEleney, Onshape
Onshape truly represents a break from the past. For the first time, cloud-native CAD is unlocking the creative potential in young people all over the world and enabling a revolution in STEM education. Hear from former SolidWorks CEO and Onshape co-founder how Onshape is transforming the way students and professionals engage in design.
Panel Discussion: How CAD is Enabling the Next Generation of Designers and Engineers
Philip Taber, Silverside Detectors | Chris Rogers, Tufts | Steve Vasiloff, Saline HS | Rachel Eyles, Ilkley Grammar School, UK
Hear from educators, thought leaders, and industry insiders how the STEM revolution is changing the way schools do education and companies do business. Panelists will discuss how technologies like Onshape are unlocking new teaching methods, supporting the development of critical skills, and enabling new pathways from school to the workforce.
Industry Insights Keynote: Making Products that Make a Difference with Onshape
Ian Gardiner, Avidbots
Based in one of Canada's hotbeds of digital innovation, Avidbots prides itself in fostering a culture of creation and sharing of ideas. Learn more about the role of Onshape in Avidbots' product development process, and the "magic carpet" that the company has created to meet a variety of customer and societal needs.
John McEleney, an entrepreneur and industry luminary, has spent his career transforming businesses, driving corporate strategy and forecasting what’s next in product development and manufacturing. As co-founder of Onshape and former CEO of SOLIDWORKS, McEleney has led more than one revolution in 3D design and experienced firsthand the close relationship between education and product development innovation.
Jordan has spent the last 30 years working in industry and academia as a mechanical engineer and professor specializing in product development, engineering design & analysis, and now leads the Education team at PTC.
As a Senior Mechanical Engineer at Avidbots, Ian designs intelligent and helpful cleaning robots to assist people in their daily lives.
Rachel has a master’s degree in Industrial Product Design and worked in the commercial furniture industry designing and manufacturing complex projects using various 2D & 3D CAD programs. Rachel is now the Curriculum Leader of Design & Technology at Ilkley Grammar School in the UK, where the D&T team have introduced OnShape throughout the curriculum. Pupils are developing CAD skills from age 11 to 18, using iPads and PCs to create virtual designs, technical drawings, and laser cut or 3D printed products for various bespoke projects within Engineering, GCSE D&T, and Product Design.
Chris Rogers is a founding member of the Tufts Center for Engineering Education and Outreach and served seven years as the Chair of the Mechanical Engineering Department at Tufts University. As the John R. Beaver Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Chris is interested in engineering education, educational robotics, and education outreach.
Philip is Vice President of Hardware Engineering for Silverside Detectors which fuses cutting-edge physics with cost-effective, agile manufacturing and development to advance solutions for nuclear security and water resource management. Previously, Philip managed development of novel forward-osmosis water filtration technology for Oasys Water and led product design and global sourcing efforts for Jetboil, a maker of high-efficiency camping stoves and related consumer products. He holds a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Dartmouth College.
Steve is using Onshape in all of his classes: Introduction to CAD, Advanced CAD I, Advanced CAD II, Computer Aided Design, and Computer Integrated Manufacturing courses. His students use it for everything from the basics all the way up and through fully functional complex assemblies like a twin vertical steam engine.
Drew Bennett earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maine in 2021. Before joining PTC as an Education Technical Services Engineer, he worked in precision machining and CMM inspection for various companies in Maine. Throughout his education, Drew developed a passion for 3D Modeling and working with the FIRST community, and continues to do so in his spare time.
McKenzie is an engineer on the PTC education team, supporting a variety of programs and partnerships. She attended Worcester Polytechnic Institute before joining PTC through the Technical Rotational Leadership Development program. Following the program she joined the PTC Education team, where she leads partnership relations and assists with user enablement. She works with organizations like FIRST robotics, where she is able to bring her experience as an alum, mentor, and volunteer to help other teams utilize Onshape.
Domenico is a Mechanical Engineer working on finding new applications of Onshape in the education space. He got his master’s and bachelor’s of Science at Boston University where he was the President of BU’s Baja SAE off-road racing team. He also has mentored FIRST and Science Olympiad teams and is excited to continue to support teams using Onshape in their design process.
Matt earned his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Tufts University, where he developed learning environments to enable students of all ages to engage in authentic engineering practices. He is now the manager of education innovation with PTC Education, supporting researchers and teachers pushing the boundaries of what's possible with Onshape.
Laurent is the founder of techademics.xyz, a company dedicated to unlocking the creative passions of young people. Through his unique blend of technical expertise and whimsical project ideas, Laurent has students as young as seven years old creating designs and products in Onshape.
Matt is a former classroom teacher with sixteen years of teaching experience, along with a masters degree in mechanical and aerospace engineering and a PhD in curriculum and instruction. In Charlottesville, Virginia, Matt started and ran a highly successful engineering program and a science club. Matt still teaches physics at the University of Virginia while serving full time on the education team at PTC.