I.AM.3DEXPERIENCE and ready to TRANS4M!

By Aurelien

For those of you who were with us in Las Vegas last november, you probably remember that we introduced a new partnership with will.i.am‘s i.am.angel foundation as part of our support for STEM (Science, Technology, Education and Mathematics). Enrique Legaspi, Chief of Staff, and Vincent Archer, Director Global Development, i.am.angel foundation, inspired us with their talk “Create, Curate and Share” on how the power tools of today (software, 3D printing…) can help the next generation touch the future.

Enrique Legaspi at 3DXforum

The I.AM.3DEXPERIENCE intiative is just about that: providing students from underserved communities with the right tools and education so that they can “write, code, imagine, dream and make”, as will.i.am rightly puts it:

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Given the feedback from the audience at this 3DEXPERIENCE Customer Forum, we figured out that you were as inspired and enthusiast as we’ve been  :-)

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So what’s next? On January 23rd the i.am.angel Foundation will host its annual TRANS4M benefit concert in Los Angeles, CA. This event, which will be broadcast live on the i.am.angel Foundation website, will publicly kick-off our collaboration. By then, you can support TRANS4M benefit: by donating to the foundation, or by tweeting with us on the #TRANS4M hashtag. And stay tuned!

Leaving Las Vegas – But Not After Getting It Started In Here

By Elena

“I’m Leaving Las Vegas…
…Lights so bright”

Sheryl Crow, “Leaving Las Vegas”

While we led with an Elvis Presley theme yesterday, today, as we launch our second and final day of the event, we look to Sheryl Crow’s theme of “Leaving Las Vegas” as we will soon all be leaving Vegas behind, but not without having shown more than hundreds of attendees our incredible commitment to education – and its strong connection to America’s future.

Bruno Latchague, Managing Director for North America, kicked off day 2 of the Dassault Systèmes’ North American 3DEXPERIENCE Customer Forum to close the Vegas adventure off with a win. He opened the session by asking a (likely) sleepy crowd, “Are you awake?” – and then talked about what everyone in attendance can do to help prepare the next generation of innovators.

From celebrities such as will.i.am to our own local heroes in Massachusetts running the TADS (Teachers at Dassault Systèmes) program, the morning session turned into both a celebration and a call to action for promotion of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) education.

Bruno Latchague and Al Bunshaft

The discussion segued perfectly into a presentation on the company’s dedication to STEM by Al Bunshaft, Dassault Systèmes Senior Vice President. The session, entitled “Skills for an American Resurgence,” perfectly echoed the themes throughout the day from executives and customers alike. Bunshaft challenged the audience to share what they’re doing—“what you are doing is so cool, and most kids don’t even know that”—as a responsibility for building the next generation of innovators.

Al Bunshaft

“It’s not about K-12; it’s about K-W, kindergarten through work,” said Bunshaft, adding that many students with STEM degrees don’t actually get STEM jobs. He also discussed 3DS’ efforts to go into underserved schools in Massachusetts to help revitalize their science program, as well as the company’s TADS, in which the company brings teachers into the company for the summer as paid interns. It was tested in Waltham and has since expanded to Providence and Detroit. “Most of them are educators … but they’ve never worked in a company. We need all of our employees, not just our programmers, to be STEM literate.”

Then things “got started, got started in here,” with entertainer will.i.am, whose i.am.angel foundation was represented by Chief of Staff Enrique Legaspi and Vincent Archer, Executive Director. Legaspi talked passionately about his early days as a teacher in Los Angeles, about his group’s amazing work in his neighborhood of Boyle Heights in Los Angeles, and the group’s i.am.college track.  “The future of education is project-based learning – give them a problem to tackle.”

Enrique Legaspi of the i.am.angel foundation

“It does wonders for a kid who’s never met an engineer to ask, what does it take to be an engineer?” added Archer.  “Let’s change Detroit. Let’s change Chicago. Let’s go to Oakland. There’s a lot of places where kids are forgotten—let’s not forget them.”

Legaspi and Archer were a tough act to follow – but Ed Shadle, the owner, driver and project manager of North American Eagle, was up to the task, talking about team member Jessi Combs becoming the fastest woman on four wheels, as well as his group’s STEM efforts to create the next generation of engineers to build devices that will hit speeds beyond our wildest dreams.

Ed Shadle of North American Eagle

Partner and event sponsor Microsoft had Simon Floyd, its director of Innovation and PLM Solutions, discuss how his company and 3DS are “innovating together” and demonstrated 3DS software on his company’s Surface tablet.

Simon Floyd of Microsoft demos 3DS software on the Surface

To close the plenary, Latchague invited President and CEO Bernard Charlès for an impromptu visit to the stage for a brief, surprise wrap-up and he thanked the participants with a quick, off the cuff farewell.

Bernard Charlès

Once again, the afternoon was spent with a series of five industry-focused breakouts featuring numerous customers discussing the business value of the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform to their companies.

For everyone who is “Leaving Las Vegas,” thanks for coming! We hope to see you again next year. Safe travels!

To follow the event on Twitter, search for hashtag #3DXforum and our dedicated 3DXforum live dashboard, which provide an excellent compendium of the event from those who attended.

Teachers at Dassault Systèmes (TADS) Citizenship Program

By Amy

Last Summer, we piloted a program on the 3DS Boston Campus called Teachers at Dassault Systèmes (TADS). We partnered with local Waltham High School to provide a 6-week summer internship for 2 teachers. Not only did they learn about Dassault Systèmes as an example of a global, innovative, technology company, but they took our Passion for Innovation program, Khufu Reborn, and created a 3-lesson engineering design challenge for their classrooms.

This program is part of our larger corporate citizenship commitment to improving Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education across North America. We have created a 3-minute film about the TADS program and have entered it in a film festival sponsored by the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship (BCCCC).

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The TADS program has 3 main goals:

  1. Educate Teachers – Provide teachers in our communities with first-hand experience about STEM careers at innovation driven companies, that they can then pass on to their students and encourage them pursue these types of careers and classwork
  2. Educate Students – Enable teachers with 3DS solutions and passion for innovation programs that are not currently available for use in a classroom, but could potentially be very valuable for teachers to use to inspire young people to dream bigger and pursue STEM based futures.
  3. Educate Communities – To be a positive feature in the communities that we work by increasing awareness of Dassault Systèmes by members of the Waltham Public Schools community

Oh, and if you liked our video, cast your vote for the Dassault Systemes TADS video at BCCCC’s Film Festival for corporate citizenhip videos! Thank you!  :-)

Amy Green works for SolidWorks Marketing, and is a member of 3DS Boston Campus’ Green Team and Citizenship Involvement Committee.

 

 



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