Notre Dame preparatory school

Notre Dame Preparatory High School uses V6 to introduce co-creation in its curriculum

Notre Dame Preparatory School has been chosen to implement the new V6 software inclusive of the Dassault Systèmes CATIA, DELMIA, SIMULIA and ENOVIA brands as the basis of its CAD curriculum. The V6 platform offers the unique distinction of featuring a data server accessible via the Internet, creating a collaborative manufacturing environment where eventually the school will be able to share designs with other schools around the world and co-create products via social-networking media.

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Notre Dame is the first high school in the U.S. to incorporate V6 into its computer-science curriculum

We applaud Notre Dame for their forward-looking approach to education,” said Dassault Systèmes Roy Smolky. “They are setting the pace for other schools to follow. Implementing V6 will provide ND students a real advantage as they go forward in their academic and professional careers.

Notre Dame computer-science instructor, Katrina Palushaj, and three students were introduced to the software at a two-week engineering summer camp held at the University of Detroit Mercy (UDM) and sponsored by Ford Motor Company and Dassault. The camp served as a pilot program for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Manufacturing Experimentation and Outreach (MENTOR) program being led by Georgia Technological University. This program is aimed at introducing design and manufacturing education through social networking to 1,000 high schools nationally and around the world with V6 as the key technology platform.

Palushaj came away from the camp with a goal of increasing interest in engineering careers, especially among young men and women. “Advanced computer tools such as V6 are changing the conventional idea of an engineer as the guy in the short-sleeve white shirt with a pocket protector,” she said. “These tools make it fun to learn and open engineering up to a whole new group of people.”

Being able to collaborate globally is really exciting

Notre Dame students who attended the summer camp were equally enthusiastic about using the new system. Sophomore Guilford Guthrie commented, “It was so cool to be exposed to these advanced systems prior to college.”

Sophomore Zachary Goldasich added: “The idea of being able to collaborate globally through the Internet is really exciting.”

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