Computer Aided Design (CAD) is defined as “the use of computer software to facilitate the generation, modification, and optimization of a part or a compilation of parts” (creativemechanisms.com). CAD offers a myriad of options and provides a much-desired insurance in the engineering process. To take full advantage of this insurance, we will aim to design an “ideal” robot in CAD that meets all the desired scoring and strategic requirements. This way, we will have a clear idea of our best robot design when the time comes to build it for competitive play. In addition to designing our own robot in CAD, we want to spread CAD and the benefits that it provides. To help spread this, Saaim, our main CAD designer, has been instructing 6th and 7th graders in the CAD process via weekly CAD sessions. For more information visit the Outreach tab.