See below for an Autodesk Educator Summer Opportunity

Illinois Design Educators Association

Summer 2024 - President's Letter


Congratulations to all of the participants and winners of this year’s competition!  Thank you to everyone who participated at the state and regional level, all of the teachers, IDEA board, regional directors and all who made the competition possible this year.  A special thanks to all the educators who encouraged their students to compete and helped prepare the students for the competition.  And thank you to the parents for helping to support your student and for the many that showed up to our awards ceremony.

We had over 700 students compete across the state at the regional level and 200 students that qualified and competed at the state competition at ISU.  The numbers continue to grow and are trending back to what we saw pre-covid.  Without all of you, none of this would be possible.  It is always great to see all of the students eager to participate and to show us the skills and talent they work hard to achieve!

Next School Year

The IDEA board will be meeting this summer to plan and prepare for next year.  Please save the date for the fall ITEC/IDEA conference to be held October 18-19, 2024 at ISU.

Website and Resources

A lot of new information and resources have been added to the website this past semester including summer opportunities.  We are also working on a new and updated results page with a history of winners.  Please check it out and let us know if there is anything else you would like to see.

Future IDEA Members

If you know other teachers who would like to join and could benefit from our organization, please encourage them to join.  Membership is $20 if submitted prior to January 1st each year.  Join IDEA

Encourage your students to consider becoming a teacher within Career and Technology Education.  Over the last several years there have been plenty of openings within Technology Education, including many still open for next school year and beyond.  

Almost Summer!

I hope everyone enjoys the last few days of this school year, and has a great summer break!  I hope you have an opportunity to refresh, recharge, and enjoy quality time with family and friends.  We look forward to a bigger and better 2024-2025 for the organization as we continue to work and improve opportunities for both students and educators.  


Chris Komer – IDEA President

I.D.E.A. Important Dates

October 18th & 19th: ITEC / IDEA Fall Conference

October 18th: IDEA Annual Membership meeting (Details TBD)

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

February 1st: IDEA Regional Competition Registration Due

February ? - March ?: IDEA Regional Competition Window (Exact 2024 Dates TBD)

April ??: IDEA State Competition @ Illinois State University (2024 Date TBD)