SOLIDWORKS Apps for Kids
Historically, the tools of engineering and design, such as computer-aided design, or CAD, have only been accessible to professionals. Dassault’s SOLIDWORKS team is creating a suite of apps, Apps for kids, to appeal to a younger demographic. Last year, the Olin SCOPE team helped develop one of the first apps in this suite, Capture It. Now, SOLIDWORKS also offers Shape It, Style It, Mech It, Show It, and Print It. These apps allow young users to acquire, create, design, manipulate, and print an array of 2D and 3D images and objects. The current suite of apps are very accessible to kids. This year, Dassault challenged the SCOPE team with developing a new app in the suite, Spark It. Spark It aims to engage children in learning about the fundamentals of electricity with electrical circuits. This is a particularly challenging task as movement of electrons is invisible to the naked eye. This year’s SCOPE team worked on the user experience design and development of an application that will spark an interest in electrical engineering topics from an early age. This application will provide young innovators with the appropriate tools to accelerate their learning and creativity.