Approximately 90 students from area high schools will participate in the 2016 Regional CAD/Drafting Competition on Friday, March 4,Â hosted by the Joliet Junior College Technical Department on the Main Campus, 1215 Houbolt Road in Joliet. The competition will runÂ from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The contest, conducted by the Illinois Drafting Educatorsâ€™ Association, is meant to immerse high school students in a challenging and competitive design experience that tests their skills and prepares them for the state competition.
The high schools represented willÂ include Plainfield South, Seneca, Lockport, Lemont, Ottawa, Joliet Central, and Morris.
Students will be tasked with different designs such as mechanical machine parts and architectural floor plans, categories chosen by their high school teachers. After the submissions are judged by industry professionals, prizes are awarded for each category. The first and second place winners are eligible to proceed to the state competition.
â€śThis competition is a great experience for high school students thinking about studying CAD drafting in college,â€ť said Scott Boudreau, JJC CAD professor and IDEA Regional Director. â€śItâ€™s a fun way for them to be challenged and get creative, while at the same time learning some of the things that will be involved with studying CAD at the college level. Plus, itâ€™s a stepping stone to the state competition, and a way to see if theyâ€™re ready to compete at that level.â€ť
The state competition, which will include high school teams from all across the state, will be held at Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois on April 16. The top prize in that competition is a $5,000 scholarship.
For more information about this event, call JJC Professor Scott Boudreau at (815) 280-2410.