EAST Initiative receives $100,000 SketchUp software donation


EAST Initiative receives $100,000 SketchUp software donation
11/8/2016 12:42:46 PM

The EAST Initiative has received donated licenses for professional 3D modeling software SketchUp Pro, owned by Trimble Inc, valued at nearly $100,000.

The licenses will be used to install SketchUp Pro in EAST classrooms, allowing students to use the modeling software as they work to solve problems in their home communities.


“We are immensely grateful for this contribution from such a long-time partner in education,” said Matt Dozier, president and CEO of the EAST Initiative. “EAST was one of the first educational organizations to widely adopt the use of SketchUp and this just continues our joint efforts to prepare the students of today for the world — and the jobs — of tomorrow while helping their communities in the present.”


Dozier said recent student projects involving SketchUp have included numerous efforts to design and create low-cost prosthetics for amputee patients, a Hot Springs student who designed a flood mitigation model that could save the city millions of dollars and an international collaboration from students in EAST at Batesville High School, who have worked to create 3D-printed hydroponic gardens with counterparts in an after school program in Romania.


“As with all the technology EAST provides, students have shown numerous innovative applications for SketchUp that have really made a difference for others, and that’s a very powerful thing,” Dozier said.


The EDU license donation includes 2,500 seats of the professional modeling software to be used throughout 235 EAST classrooms nationally. Free versions of SketchUp for home and hobby use can be downloaded from http://www.sketchup.com/download.


“We are happy to have partnered with EAST in providing opportunities for its students to work with the easiest way to model in 3D” said Chris Brashar, program coordinator at SketchUp for Education. “As EAST knows, and its students have discovered, experience with SketchUp can translate into any number of professional applications. We’re excited to be part of preparing these young people to be tomorrow’s technology-driven creators.”



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