Autodesk Crew on Campus to Film St. Raymond Mechatronics Program
Autodesk, the world leader in 3D design, engineering and entertainment software visited St. Raymond School to see first hand how our students are using their software, and film the students in action. Autodesk gives students, educators, and educational institutions free access to their design software, creativity apps, and learning resources, helping teachers and students explore the world of design at no cost to the school. St. Raymond School has been using Tinkercad beginning in 4th grade. Tinkercad which was developed by Autodesk for schools is an online 3D design tool that allows users to imagine anything and then design it in just a few minutes.
Autodesk visited St. Raymond in order to document the 4th and 8th grade Mechatronics classes and our after-school MakerSpace. The crew at Autodesk was interested in our program because we are currently the only elementary school in the country starting students in 4th grade on Tinkercad (a digital design tool made for education) and transitioning them to Fusion 360 (a professional engineering design platform) by the end of 8th grade. The Autodesk documentary crew was impressed with how our Catholic school students are motivated to design things that help people and make the world a better place.
Ken Hawthorn, our Mechatronics instructor, is a member of the Autodesk Teacher Advisory Council. With his guidance and expertise students are able to explore and experience first hand how to use the Autodesk software and take their ideas from imagination to fabrication.