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IMTS 2018 Supports Students Every Step of the Way

Category: Smartforce Sep 25, 2018

Dedicated to promoting positive perceptions of high-tech manufacturing, the Smartforce Student Summit at IMTS 2018 hosted 24,469 registered visitors, a record number and more than 7,000 from the IMTS 2016. The Miles for Manufacturing (M4M) 5K Run/Walk event, also held during IMTS 2018, raised a record of $27,310 to support programs that help prepare students for careers in manufacturing technology.

Smartforce Student Summit at IMTS 2018

“The national conversation around STEM education has had a positive influence on our ability to attract more schools to the Student Summit,” said Greg Jones Vice President of Smartforce Development for AMT.

The 2018 Student Summit gave students the opportunity to experience 25 different job functions available in manufacturing ranging from 3D printing and metal cutting to automation and robotics (view

“Students engage with the people who are in those advanced manufacturing jobs right now, as well as experience the technology and equipment they would use on the job. Technology is making manufacturing careers cool and interesting to this generation,” says Jones.

High school junior Kaitlyn Ludlam addressed the Student Summit as one of the 24 Under 24 Leaders and Innovators in STEAM and Space, an annual awards program presented by The Mars Generation®. “I've been doing a lot more with STEAM, reaching out to other kids who are being told they can't do things, especially young women” says Ludlam. “I want to help them understand that they can do these things and not to listen to people who discourage them.”

Miles for Manufacturing

The Miles for Manufacturing 5K Run/Walk fundraising event, held on Wednesday, September 12th, during the week of IMTS 2018, drew a record 486 runners. The 5K run generated another record of $27,310 in sponsor support and runner registration fees, every dollar of which will be donated to programs that prepare students for careers in manufacturing technology.

Money raised from the September 12th M4M 5K event will be used to acquire STEM Bionics4Education kits from Festo-Didactic and donated to 14 schools, including STEM middle schools in the Chicago Public School system, as well as other area schools. In addition, funds are slated to support FIRST Illinois robotics teams, FIRST Indiana robotics teams, and the Chicago Pre-College Science and Engineering Program. Money raised through M4M is distributed by AMT's Smartforce Development initiative.

Since the first M4M event at IMTS 2014, IMTS has and continues to cover all the hard costs of producing the event from timing gear, banners, and logistics to packet slips, shirts, and bibs, so that 100 percent of all revenue raised goes directly to the recipient programs. GIE Media handles management and logistics for the event. In addition to IMTS, the M4M 5K also takes place nationwide at conferences and meetings hosted by AMT ─ The Association For Manufacturing Technology, the owner and operator of IMTS. Every dollar is donated to similar programs in these cities.

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