The Altium Academic Programs is designed to offer free and low-cost software and support to students and educators, including science, technology, engineering, and math programs (STEM), FIRST Robotics teams, and collegiate engineering teams.
"Altium is committed to supporting the next generation of engineers and PCB designers, whose creativity and passion will bring exciting new innovations to the world," says Altium Chief Operations Officer Ted Pawela. "We are proud to offer these new programs, particularly at a time when many of the industry's most talented and experienced engineers are approaching retirement. By providing broad and easy access to the tools necessary to learn PCB design, Altium hopes to give budding engineers and designers a chance to transform their ideas into reality while preparing for their careers."
The company has previously offered its PCB design software (Altium Designer) to academic associations and students on an informal basis, supporting many student teams, including MIT Solar Car Team, Princeton Rocketry Club, San Diego State University Mechatronics, and the Technical University of Munich Hyperloop Team.
The launch of the new Altium Academic Programs , says the company, significantly expands access to its software by offering it free to students and educators in K-12 STEM and First Robotics programs. Educator licenses at significantly reduced rates will also be available to students and teachers at technical schools, colleges, and universities offering electrical engineering and PCB design courses.
Altium's team sponsorship opportunities are also available to enable competitive teams to pursue invaluable hands-on engineering experience.
The Altium Academic Programs are available now for students and educators everywhere.