Free Downloads for Students. Part 1: An Introduction to PTC Academic Programs




PTC is an enthusiastic supporter of STEM education in schools, sponsoring programs for students of all ages. We do this by offering software, training, curriculum, awards, and mentorship. In fact, you’ll find PTC software used in 25,000 secondary schools and 2500 universities in 50 countries around the world. Add it up, and that’s about 10 million students.

If you’re not familiar with our academic programs, start with the video below, and then read on for more details.

For primary and secondary students (K-12)

PTC offers free seats of Creo Standard Edition to all students. All you need is a school email address. Use this free software to prepare for class, to complete homework assignments, and to become familiar with a product that over 27,000 companies use.

Part of a competition team? PTC provides even more comprehensive software, training, and resources to students, teachers, and coaches participating in the following academic programs:

FIRST is an international not-for-profit robotics program with more than 50,000 students participating each year. PTC donates software and services (CreoPTC Mathcad and Windchill) to all FIRST teams, provides easy-to-use training curriculum, hosts online workshops including Robotalk, and awards team funding grants for FIRST teams at all levels.

DoD Starbase is a premier educational program sponsored by the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs (DoD stands for Department of Defense). At DoD STARBASE, students participate in captivating and inspiring hands-on, minds-on activities, which emphasize Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) concepts. PTC provides curriculum, Creo, and setup files.

Unmanned areal vehicle model used in DoD STARBASE program.

Scalextric 4 Schools is an exciting curriculum project for schools where students design, build, and race their very own slot cars. The comprehensive STEM curriculum has been developed by PTC in partnership with Scalextric and Root Solutions. And again, students use free software from PTC to design their cars.

Scalextric car modeled with Creo.

For K-12 educators

PTC offers resources for instructors, too,  including:

  • Free seats of Creo Parametric
  • STEM Certificate Program, a series of graduate-level, high-quality teacher professional development activities focused on product development education, curriculum design, and technology integration.
  • PTC Creativity Lab is an educational repository developed by educators and industry professionals to provide teachers with inspirational ideas and practical experiences that help students in and out of the classroom.

For college and university students

In the PTC Academic Program for colleges and universities, PTC is dedicated to supporting individuals and institutions that provide our customers with the next generation of engineers.

Students have access to free downloadable software for completing assignments outside of class, software and sponsorships for collegiate design competitions, and tutorials to get started.

To help prepare engineers of the future, PTC provides a free PTC Sponsorship Package to all collegiate design teams.  The free package Creo premium edition, PTC University eLearning Libraries, PTC Mathcad Prime, Windchill, and ThingWorx.

Get started!

Ready to learn more and start downloading your free design software and training materials? Visit our PTC Academic Program website and click  the K-12 or College and University tab to get started.

If you are a…

You can freely access

K-12 student

Creo Standard Edition*, Free online training via PTC University Learning Exchange

K-12 Educator

Creo Standard Edition, STEM Certificate Program, PTC Creativity Lab, Free online training via PTC University Learning Exchange

College student

Creo Standard Edition*, Free online training via  University Learning Exchange

*Students participating in certain academic programs and competitions may also have access to additional software,  training materials, webcasts, and grants.

[Ed. Also, watch for part two of this series, where we talk in more depth about free software licenses: How long can you keep them? What support is available? And more.]