Altium Launches “Altium Academic Programs”

Programs offer free and low-cost software and support to students and educators.

Programs offer free and low-cost software and support to students and educators, empowering the next generation of PCB designers and engineers.

Altium LLC, a provider of design systems for printed circuit board (PCB) design, has announced the launch of its Altium Academic Programs, an initiative designed to support the next generation of engineers and PCB designers. As part of the initiative, students and educators—including science, technology, engineering and math programs (STEM), FIRST Robotics teams and collegiate engineering teams—will have access to free or low-cost PCB design software and on-demand training.

“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.”

— Ted Pawela, Altium

University of Munich Hyperloop Team. Altium invests in teams that design and build a wide range of innovative technologies, from solar-powered racing vehicles to hyperloop pods, underwater vehicles, rockets, satellites, robots and more.

The launch of the new Altium Academic Programs expands access to the company's 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. 

“Altium has helped us get boards built correctly on the first spin,” says Ryan Castle, Pod III Electrical Director of the Badgerloop Hyperloop team of the University of Wisconsin at Madison. “We're all excited to take these skills to our internships and eventual full-time positions in a growing and dynamic industry.”

Altium Academic Programs are now available for students and educators everywhere. Visit the Altium Academic Programs page to learn more. 

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

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