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Illinois Design Educators Association

Spring 2024 - President's Letter

Welcome back to the Spring Semester.  I hope everyone had a great winter break and holiday season!  

Spring Semester

These are exciting times for IDEA with the Regional and State competitions right around the corner!  We are looking forward to a productive semester and to grow our organization with membership renewals and new members, who are always welcome to join.  Educator dues are $40 and can be paid online by going to the IDEA membership page.  Check out the rest of the new website where you will find current information about the conference, competitions, resources, and more information about IDEA.

Regional and State Competitions

We will again be hosting the annual regional and IDEA state competitions.  A brief of the information is listed below and more details can be found on the IDEA competition page.

*You must be a member of IDEA for your students to compete in the competitions.

*The regional competition sites are listed on the competition page in the teachers section.  We have been actively working to keep this map up to date and maintain relationships with our community colleges to be able to offer these competitions.  If you are in an area that is not served by a regional, please contact  our Competition Director, Steve Skorup. We will try and work with someone in your area to start a new regional site or direct you to a site that can accommodate your students.

*The regional competitions all have different dates. They are being offered within a window of February 16th -March 22nd.

*All competition registrations are due by February 1st.  Registration is $10 for each student competing and again, you will need to pay your $40 educator dues as well if you are not already a member for this school year.

*Registration forms are online.  The registration documents are via a Google Docs form and can be found on the teachers competition page.  Credit card payments via PayPal are available as a payment option.

*The state competition this year will be held on Saturday, April 20th, at Illinois State University.  The number of students in the various contests will determine how many 1st and 2nd place winners advance to the state competition.  See specific rules and regulations and awards placement for more information.

* We need your help! We are looking for member and educator volunteers to judge state competitions. Judges will only participate in competitions your students are not competing in. 

Thank You

Thank you to the teachers for all the work you put in to get your students registered and prepared. Thank you to the students for taking the time and effort to participate in this event.  It is truly a fantastic competition that showcases the talents of our teachers and students!  Thank you to our IDEA board who does a ton of work to make sure this organization and the competition continues to run as smoothly as possible.  Lastly, thanks to all the regional directors and Illinois State University for hosting our competitions and putting in all the work that is required to facilitate them.


Chris Komer – IDEA President

I.D.E.A. Important Dates

October 20th & 21st: ITEC / IDEA Fall Conference - (See you next year! Thank you for attending!)

October 20th: IDEA Annual Membership meeting 6:30pm @ The Chateau Banquet Room (Food Provided)

December 1st: Architectural Design and Engineering Design Briefs will be posted to the competition page.

February 1st: IDEA Regional Registration Due

February 16th - March 22nd: IDEA Regional Competition Window

April 20th: IDEA State Competition @ Illinois State University

Save the Date !  ITEC / IDEA Fall Conference - October 18th & 19th 2024 !