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If you are running Linux, Q-CAD is quite neat and user-friendly. I
haven't done a search for free CAD software for the PC recently, but
last time I looked, there was stuff out there.

--Steve B. 

-----Original Message-----
From: School Information Technology Discussion
[mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of David Davidson
Sent: Thursday, January 17, 2008 9:52 AM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: CAD software for Middle School students

Thanks Steve.

I think they are looking for a 2-D program for making a simple
blueprint. Sketchup is probably more than they need right now.

Thanks.

Dave

David Davidson
Educational Technology Integration Specialist CCSU Room B19 Fleming
Elementary School
9 Prospect Street
Essex Junction, VT 05452
(802) 878-1381 ext 2012

"Against the assault of laughter, nothing can stand." - Mark Twain

>>> Steve Cavrak <[log in to unmask]> 1/16/2008 9:11 AM >>>

On Jan 16, 2008, at 9:01 AM, David Davidson wrote:

> In the past the students created blueprints on graph paper and then

> used these drawings as templates to build their bridges. This year the

> teachers want their students to do be able to create their drawings on

> a computer and print them out as templates to build their bridges on.

If they were doing covered bridges, I'm sure that GoogleSketchup would
work .. but I'm not sure about building classic or modern (single tower)
suspension bridges. 

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