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

Written By: Cat McClintock
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  • 8/1/2018

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 2,500 universities in 50 countries around the world. Add it up, and that’s about 10 million students.


School children using computers

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 (Creo PTC Mathcad  and  Windchill ) to all FIRST teams, provides easy-to-use training curriculum, and awards team funding grants for FIRST teams. Our PTC FIRST webpage has more information about our sponsorship.

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 Creo and 3D modeling curriculum.

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 to get started.

[Ed. Don't miss  part two  of this series, in which we answer oft-asked questions about free software licenses: How long can you keep them? What support is available? And more. ]

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About the Author

Cat McClintock

Cat McClintock edits the Creo and Mathcad blogs for PTC.  She has been a writer and editor for 15+ years,  working for CAD, PDM, ERP, and CRM software companies. Prior to that, she edited science journals for an academic publisher and aligned optical assemblies for a medical device manufacturer. She holds degrees in Technical Journalism, Classics, and Electro-Optics. She loves talking to PTC customers and learning about the interesting work they're doing and the innovative ways they use the software.