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"Tan Le always knows a way to help anyone understand"

"Tan's methods of teaching vary between student as needed. By the end of each class everyone has the same full understanding. It can be hard to comprehend how to model in 3D at first but Tan always knows a way to help anyone understand.

Tan is an amazing teacher with great charisma, patience, and intelligence."

Former student - Erick Mariscal

Curriculum Outline

Transform ideas into 3D models using 3D CAD software (design) and 3D printers (reality). Integrate them with electronic circuits & coding (prototypes).

  • Create 3D CAD Models

    Create 3D models using the state-of-the-art 3D CAD software, Creo Parametric

  • Learn Engineering Designs

    Use engineering design methodology to create drawings that meet industry standards

  • Build CAD Assemblies

    Build assemblies of 3D CAD parts to create more complex integration

  • Create Orthographic Views

    Create orthographic views with accurate scale & dimensions using hand-drawn drafting skills

  • How to Operate 3D Printers

    How to operate 3D printers and set up CAD models for optimal 3D printing results

  • Learn Problem-Solving Skills

    Learn and apply critical thinking, problem-solving, and spatial-visualization skills

  • Build Electronic Circuits

    Build electronic circuits with Arduino microcontrollers. Simulate to see how electronics will respond in real life

  • Learn Coding with Circuits

    Learn to code circuits using a text-based programming language

  • Earn Certificate of Completion

    We offer three progressive levels. Upon earning the first certification, your kids can be qualified to become our teacher's aides (TA).

Make CAD Objects with a 3D Mouse

Build 3D solid objects from scratch and analyze them for 3D printing. Unlock spatial-visualization skills.

Build a Circuit and Code it with Ease

Build electronic prototypes on Arduino microcontrollers. Unlock logical thinking and structural skills.

Interactive STEM Education for All

Equip your kids with in-demand STEM skills. Give them a head start. Prepare professionals of tomorrow. Unlock the life skills long before they reach college.

Testimonials from Parents and Students

“It is a phenomenal program from several different aspects. They are learning cutting-edge technology that is used today by numerous companies and big firms, while also learning spatial visualization, and hand-sketching (I don’t think others teach this valuable skill). Tan works patiently with the kiddos and keeps them on task and learning new techniques as they progress, encouraging them each step along the way. His classes are kept small so that it seems like your student is getting one on one teaching. By the end, they will have a portfolio they can print out and keep in a binder as well as make their own 3D object with his printer that they design themselves. They also receive a very nice, framable certificate.”

Parent - Kim Hidalgo

“Tan is a great instructor. I had the opportunity to take a class with him a few years ago. The knowledge of 3D modeling and visualization of objects that he brought to the class were instrumental. By teaching hand sketching using engineering graphics principals while simultaneously teaching how to model in 3D, Tan’s students in the class gained a great skill set that allowed them to excel in their other design and engineering courses. Tan also brings a great level of interaction to his class by using WebEx software that allows screen sharing between all participants allowing them to work together.”

Student - Phillip Stephens

“Tan was my CAD teacher a couple years ago and since then I have continued to use his basic drafting principles! He is a great, patient teacher with a veryhands on approach to his class. One unique thing about Tan is he has a lot of industry experience so you can guarantee the things you see in his class can and will be applied in the real world. I recently got an internship at the same company where he works and ran into him. Not only did he recognize me but he showed me the ropes around the company! Great teacher and a really good drafter, definitely recommend taking his class.”

Student - Kevin Ton-That

“Tan is a great teacher. His class focuses on hands learning. He makes sure to take the time to help those who are having trouble with the concepts as well as encourages those that understand to work ahead or help others that are not doing so well. Overall I give his teaching method an A++!”

Student - Michael Didion

“One-on-one teaching improves communication between teacher/student, increasing my performance. The easy and casual interactivity between instructor and student. The simple and effective teaching process, with each day of the week designated to a particular skill or skill set that continually build on each other. The Lego project which was super fun and a very good way to put our 3D modeling skills to use in an actual real life situation.”

Student - Matthew Hiller

“The easy and casual interactivity between instructor and student. The simple and effective teaching process, with each day of the week designated to a particular skill or skill set that continually build on each other. The Lego project which was super fun and a very good way to put our 3D modeling skills to use in an actual real life situation.”

Student - Anna McCorkle

“Tan is one of the best professors I ever had and he is someone I highly respect. More than an instructor, he was also a mentor and someone many of us looked up to. I will always remember how by the second lecture professor Tan had already learned all of our names (from a 40+ students class) that showed me how much he cared and proved his commitment to every single one of his students’ successes in that class. His impact on people is immense and I know the impact he will have on his future students will be no different. I would definitely recommend “3DCAD - Creative Program", as it may be a useful tool for those interested in computer aided design, and also as an investment in your child’s future.”

Student - Jaime Bernadac

“This was a very fun class and included a variety of interesting material, from modeling to assembling, to manufacturing. My best understood subject is creating basic shapes using the extrude, sweep, and revolve tool. I made many parts, and each require a multitude of extruded and revolved shapes. My second best understood subject is dimensioning 2D projections and 3D objects. I learned how to properly draw and label parts, find gaps between surfaces and edges using the measure tool, and correctly size 3D objects. Last, I learned how to assemble parts in a large assembly using different types of constraints, and lock an object in place correctly.”

Student: Anonymous

“The use of an advanced program such as PTC Creo and the ability to use tools (i.e. caliper, digitizer, etc.), makes this program different from a lot of others. Mr. Tan is a great teacher and made the learning process alot less boring than other classes I took in the past. A++.”

Student - Frank Gibbons

“Professor Tan's methods of teaching vary between student as needed. By the end of each class everyone has the same full understanding. It can be hard to comprehend how to model in 3D at first but Mr. Tan always knows a way to help anyone understand. Since my first year in college, after taking his introductory course I became inspired in pursuing a 3D modeling career and do the similar work Mr. Tan does. He shows you examples of projects he has done and it is incredible work. His work examples show you the power Creo Parametric (Pro/ENGINEER) can have and proves to you that anyone can do the same job. Once again Mr. Tan is an amazing teacher with great charisma, patience, and intelligence. Have fun and enjoy his courses.”

Student - Erick Mariscal

Head Instructor

Tan Le, P.E.

Founder & CEO

After studying mechanical engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, Tan worked with high-tech equipment providers. He spent 12 years in the subsea oil & gas equipment industry and 9 years in the semiconductor equipment industry. While working as a subsea project engineer, he taught 3D CAD at the University of Houston for 5 years. Tan has a passion for spatial-visualization skills, problem-solving, and hands-on training methodology. He has mastered the use of Creo Parametric, earning two corporate patents, and completed the basic level of Toastmasters International in 2003. Tan's Linkedin Profile: www.linkedin.com/in/tanleproe

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What are STEM, 3D CAD, and circuit coding?

    STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, math. 3D CAD is three-dimensional Computer-Aided Design. Circuit coding is referred to physical computing that uses text-based code to control circuits and electronics.

  • What makes our program unique?

    Our curriculum uses STEM skills to solve real-world issues. It incorporates hands-on activities and project- and problem-based learning with an emphasis on developing spatial visualization, critical thinking, creativity, innovation, and problem-solving skills. We believe students deserve the chance to use the same tools as the pros.

  • How do the live classes work?

    Students share their computer screens in Zoom meeting. Instructors give directive instructions over the microphone and camera. Annotation and remote control are among the tools for an additional level of interaction. Our TAs and students join in the breakout rooms for privacy. Keeping breakout rooms to between 1 and 4 students will help everyone feel engaged.

  • What is the recommended age range for the courses?

    We recommend students ages 9 to 15 sign up for our live courses. Older students are welcome but may prefer our self-paced, on-demand courses to fit their schedules.

  • What if my child has a neuro-developmental condition?

    Every student deserves the same opportunities, which is why we accommodate any and all learning styles. We have experience teaching several students with intellectual and developmental differences (e.g. autism, ADHD, dyslexia).

  • What time is class?

    The live virtual classes (CST) are offered on the weekly basis: [Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, or Fri]: 4:00-5:00 pm , 5:00-6:00 pm, 6:00-7:00 pm; [Saturday]: 10:00 am-11:00 am, 11:00 am-12:00 pm, 1:00 pm-2:00 pm 2:00 pm-3:00 pm, 5:00 pm-6:00 pm, 6:00 pm-7:00 pm.

  • How long does the LIVE beginners course take?

    Students will earn certification after about a year of weekly classes (52 classes once a week.).

  • What's the next step after completing the beginner course?

    We offer three levels of 3D CAD discipline and two levels for circuit & coding discipline. In order to reach an effective proficiency level, each coursework generally takes about 100 hours before earning a certificate of completion.