Smartforce Student Summit

Manufacturing Brighter Futures


Students at IMTS

The Smartforce Student Summit proved to be more successful than ever. During IMTS 2014, students, educators, administrators and parent chaperones from more than 450 schools and dozens of scout troops attended. The schools came primarily from the Chicagoland area, with heavy participation from the Great Lakes states and students who attend community college or engineering school from a total of 34 states, double the number of states represented at IMTS 2012 participated in IMTS via the student summit as well.

With more than 50 hands-on exhibits, the Student Summit was able to provide a fun and interactive environment to introduce educators, students and parents to exciting innovations in manufacturing technology and dynamic careers in the industry.

Students had the opportunity to see how much fun STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) based learning can be in the Make It! area. There, students were able to try out new technologies and compete to see who could design and create the most effective 3D-printed wind turbine, courtesy of Rippl3D. Once through the Student Summit experience, students were invited to visit the thousands of IMTS exhibits.

Smartforce Student Summit on IMTSTV

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Smartforce Student Summit Keynote Recordings

The keynote speakers, including STEM celebrities like astronaut Captain Wendy Lawrence and Segway PT inventor Dean Kamen, shared insights on how these fun STEM experiences translate into careers.

» Building America’s Future: Students, STEM, and the Global Economy
Vince Bertram, President and CEO, Project Lead The Way

» National Math and Science Initiative Keynote
Gregg Fleisher, Chief Academic Officer, National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI)

» Sally Ride Science Keynote
Wendy B. Lawrence (Former NASA Astronaut) on behalf of Sally Ride Science®

» FIRST® Keynote - Dean Kamen
Dean Kamen, founder of FIRST® and the founder and president of DEKA Research & Development Corporation

» FIRST® Keynote - Mark Greenlaw
Mark Greenlaw, Vice President, FIRST®

Gene Haas Foundation Scholarship

During a special program for Chicago-area school superintendents, the Gene Haas Foundation announced $50,000 in scholarships to be awarded to high school seniors pursuing a degree in a post-secondary machining, manufacturing technology or engineering program whose curriculum includes CNC machine technology training. A $1,000 grant per school will be awarded. Seniors graduating from high school this school year will be eligible.

Career Pathways

Careers in manufacturing can take you anywhere your imagination wants to go. It’s a front-row seat to using some of the world’s most advanced technology. It’s the kind of career where you’ll use problem-solving skills, creativity, and critical thinking.

Find out what career fields are available in manufacturing.

See you in 2016 ...

Mark your calendar to visit the Smartforce Student Summit during IMTS Sept. 12-17, 2016 at McCormick Place, Chicago. And spread the word to your community that IMTS is the place to come together and leave smarter.

If you would like to engage with someone to learn more about Smartforce Student Summit, contact Greg Jones at

Testimonials from the Student Summit ...

One of the best learning experiences of the year for my students!
Few field trips validate classroom learning like IMTS!
My students felt honored, recognized, and welcomed to the world of machining.  Thank you!
Overall, this is such an impressive event.  It was great to have our students and staff see so many great examples of what advanced manufacturing is.
There’s always room for improvement, but the Student Summit is still the most important part of IMTS.
Our students immediately gravitated toward the FANUC Robotics booth.  The robots really grabbed their attention.   Sandvik Coromant’s booth was also a success, as they engaged the students with questions.
FANUC Robotics, as did all the exhibitors, did an excellent job.
All the people were friendly and the booths were very presentable.  It demonstrated that there are people interested in American Manufacturing.

Photos from 2014

Students at the Smartforce Student Summit at IMTS 2014. Photo by Oscar Einzig

Smartforce Student Summit at IMTS 2014. Photo by Oscar Einzig

Smartforce Student Summit at IMTS 2014. Photo by Oscar Einzig

IMTS 2014. Photo by Oscar Einzig


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