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CAD competition for high school students

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

The Computer-Aided Design Technology Program at Kishwaukee College is holding a design competition for high school students. Local students can enter the design contest and upload a video of a working model of their design during the competition entry period of April 7 through 14 which is National Design Drafting Week as designated by the American Design Drafting Association.

The top three entries, as judged by a panel of local CAD professionals, will receive gift certificates to the Kishwaukee College Bookstore, provided by Eaton Corp. in Rochelle and Claude McKibben, product engineer for Eaton Corp.

The competition was created in collaboration with the CAD Program’s advisory committee to promote interest in the STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) fields. The competition consists of the following challenge: Students are to design and construct a “dream house” consisting of both a 2-dimensional floor plan (to show function) and 3-dimensional paper house model (to show form).

Students will submit a CAD drawing of a floor plan, electronically, to Kishwaukee College as a DWG file illustrating function and submit a video production showing all sides and roof of the paper model, for form, posted on YouTube.

AutoCAD and DraftSight are design programs that create DWG files and are available for free to students. Videos of the paper model can be uploaded to YouTube and the link emailed to Mark Schwendau.

A link to the list of requirements and competition rules as well as to the free Draftsight software can be found at

For information, contact Mark Schwendau at 815-825-2086, ext. 3480, or

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