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    New webinar series for students to design and build with football star James Develin

    Kellyanne Mahoney
    Published on - October 8, 2020 by Kellyanne Mahoney

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    develin zoom kids2Football star James Develin is learning new skills, such as FormIt, to communicate his architecture ideas to students.

    To help inspire and cultivate maker education, Autodesk launched the Make It Real program. Make It Real encourages students to engage with their community through design thinking. 

    Now in its fourth year, Autodesk is partnering with retired football star James Develin to expose both students and educators to in-demand skills directly related to jobs of the future, including roles in the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry. 

    Over the course of this school year, starting in November, James will be introducing middle and high school students to a series of real-world challenges related to a construction project he is planning. Students will be able to use Tinkercad in addition to other tools to complete these challenges.

    A graduate of Brown University's mechanical engineering program, James will be enhancing his skills by learning the tools and workflows AEC professionals use everyday; he will do this alongside the students he is engaging as his “design partners” as they “Make It Big” together. 

    This will include an interactive webinar series featuring key moments in James’s journey as an entrepreneur, designer, and builder with opportunities for young people to also gain insight into these roles.

    Screen Shot 2020-10-08 at 1.53.48 PMJames recently met over a video call with young designers from the Digital Ready program to exchange design ideas.

    Stay tuned for more information about how to register for the first webinar!

    Screen Shot 2020-10-08 at 1.50.37 PMDevelin is getting ready for students to join him on his design journey through making a film about his plan.