This free program is a great way to engage students in STEM skills and teach them technology skills (CAD) through the competitions and project based learning. They will also learn valuable skills for the future through these kinds of programs.
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Check out FREE CAD videos, design competitions, and so much more on the PTC Academic Program Facebook Page.
I've used Pro-Engineer as an engineer. It is an excellent program and PTC provides excellent support.
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(Thanks to Dolores Gende, @dgende, for the tip)
STEM Resources for Educators
LibreCAD - free, 2D CAD Software for Windows, OSX, and Linux
My Top 10 Free Google Resources for Education - includes Google Sketchup 3D modeling software.
NASA 3D Resources - fun and educational - includes downloadable models to use in CAD.
Some More Ideas for getting students engaged in STEM subjects
Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge - great STEM opportunity
How to Turn a Teen Into an Engineer
TryEngineering - engineering simulations and info on engineering