Smartforce Theater

Smartforce Theater

North Building, Level 1 | Booth #215723

The 2022 Smartforce Student Summit features professional development sessions for educators of all levels and backgrounds from industry thought leaders.

  • From Autodesk: Using CAD/CAM Software from Day 1 in your Classroom

  • This session will discuss how you can leverage Autodesk Fusion 360's CAD/CAM integrated platform to teach foundational skills such as blueprint reading, GD&T, metrology, industry 4.0, and more from ‘Day 1’ and then beyond in your classroom and program. Tuesday 9/13 11:00 a.m.. RSVP REQUIRED

  • From America Makes: Leveraging national best practices of America Makes – Our Nation's Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute
    Come and Meet America Makes – our national innovation institute for additive manufacturing and learn how you can leverage national best practices and assets into your classroom.

  • Our strategy focuses “K-Grey” and is broad in scope from awareness to outreach to credentialing – offering apprenticeship programs, curricula, instructor/train the trainer programs and workforce training. We have programs that impact the k-12, community college, underrepresented groups, incumbent workers for reskilling and upskilling, as well as entrepreneurial programs. We even have tools for SMMs. We have also built a credential pathway that begins at the community level with the Girl Scouts continuing through formal academic institutions such as middle school and high school into community colleges and incumbent workers/DoD programs. Tuesday 9/13 1:00 p.m. RSVP REQUIRED

  • From Advanced Functional Fabrics of America (AFFOA): The M°Lab Field Kit: A hands-on approach to expose students to manufacturing career pathways.

  • Teachers will learn how to utilize the M°Lab Field Kit, an educational DIY kit collaboration between Mbadika and the Ministry of Supply, which focuses on fostering creativity through the lens of advanced fabric science and manufacturing. Students learn hands-on fabric construction and methods utilized to test, design, and manufacture fabric while integrating electrical components for advanced functionality. Wednesday 9/14 1:00 p.m. and Friday 9/16 1:00 p.m. RSVP REQUIRED.

  • From Drew Crowe of the American Manufacturing Renaissance: FUTURE

    Drew "The MFG" Crowe tells a story that is not only immersive and informative, but also educational and inspirational, hoping that one of the young men and women, the decision-makers, the job seekers, and parents in the audience might hear it and use it for the push they so desperately needed for them to find not just a good job, but a great career in the ever-growing field of manufacturing.

  • This presentation's main objective is to open some eyes in the crowd and to help them realize that a better life is within their reach and not just a dream. Regardless of who you are or where you came from, YOU HAVE OPTIONS. Join us as we take a look into how manufacturing technology is guiding our Future, and if we make the right choices today, we can use it as a vehicle to have the future we see for ourselves. We will explore the exciting careers and industries available, the companies pushing us forward, and the pathways that will get us there from where we are now. Drew guides us through his personal journey along the way to show us that no matter where you came from or where you started in life, you can use manufacturing to break generational curses and have a great future for yourself and your family! Wednesday 9/14 10:00 a.m. RSVP REQUIRED

  • From Drew Crowe, Project MFG, and Clash of the Trades

    Join Drew Crowe and Project MFG as they discuss the growing need for highly skilled trade professionals, the current trends in the manufacturing industry, and the need to find innovative ways to attract the next generation. Project MFG is a catalyst that helps elevate the next generation by changing mindsets, fostering community preparedness, and challenging how the critical skills needed are taught to succeed in modern advanced manufacturing.

  • They have developed a unique way to not only showcase the trades in their single and multiple technology competitions but to also reach deep into the community and make strong connections. This has helped attract the next generation and highlight the prestige of skilled trades and the opportunities available in this career path.

    This year, Drew Crowe was the host and a judge for Project MFG's 2022 National Integrated Manufacturing Championship and the reality series Clash of Trades. Together, Drew Crowe and Project MFG have brought participants and instructors from the 2022 competition cycle to discuss the impact they have seen on the student, educators, and community levels. Thursday 9/15 10:00 a.m. RSVP REQUIRED

  • From Festo and NIMS: How to adapt CTE training for fast-changing emerging technologies in manufacturing

  • New manufacturing technologies are emerging faster than the pace that an average individual can learn and retain. As smart digital manufacturing technologies and others continue to emerge, new industry duties will continue to be added and existing duties will continue to evolve. In this session, educators and employers will learn a new framework, Smart Training Solutions for developing and organizing training materials to adapt to the fast pace of change. Tuesday 9/13 at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday 9/14 at 10:30 a.m., and Thursday 9/15 at 10:30 a.m. RSVP REQUIRED

  • From Festo and West Virginia University: Scalable and modular smart manufacturing curricula

  • Currently, we miss continuity as students progress through education systems where training programs utilize equipment focused on specific technologies yet often miss the broader context of working with manufacturing cells or complex MS. WVU is creating modular and scalable curricula for students of diverse backgrounds to learn hands-on application and utilization of data-driven analytics in complex SMS. Tuesday 9/13 10:00 a.m. RSVP REQUIRED.

  • America's Cutting Edge: Let's Machine it!

  • Experience firsthand how a free online machining simulation program called America's Cutting Edge (ACE) lets students explore creative and innovative jobs and careers ranging from machinists and programmers to parts designers and engineers. Students will enjoy a friendly competition and see who can assemble a cool oscillating piston air engine with freshly machined parts in record time. Sessions will occur in the Smart STEM Project Space, Booth # 215621 on Wednesday 9/14 11:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 1:30 p.m. RSVP REQUIRED

  • From Haas Automation, Inc: Experience the Excitement of Manufacturing

  • Join Haas Automation's Mark Terryberry and share in his enthusiasm for manufacturing – it's exciting and we all know it, but how do we relay this to our future generations, what opportunities exist that will give them relevant, hands-on experiences, letting them join in on the action. Wednesday 9/14 11:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. RSVP REQUIRED.

  • From SparkShop: Maker education without the expensive gadgets

  • In this session, teachers will learn how to teach the engineer's design process with a focus on prototyping – both within STEM content and beyond. This interactive session will model how to use the design process by having teachers engage as learners. In this session, teachers will learn equitable, accessible practices for bringing technology and manufacturing processes to their classroom. Session will occur in the Smart STEM Project Space, Booth # 215621 on Thursday 9/15 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
    *Note: Session requires facemasks (provided). RSVP REQUIRED.

  • Meet a NASA Engineer and Learn More About the James Webb Space Telescope!

    In spring 2022, the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) launched into space to explore galaxies far and wide. Did you know that Mitsui Seiki horizontal machining centers were used to machine the JWST mirrors? Join Mike Menzel, a NASA Missions Systems Engineer at Goddard Flight Center, as he shares the excitement and challenges of building the largest and most complex space science observatory ever. Thursday 9/15 at 11:00 a.m.
    NOTE: This will occur outside of the Student Summit at the Mitsui Seiki USA Booth #338700 in South Building, Level 3. Space is limited to 40 visitors; RSVP HERE.

  • From 3DEXPERIENCE Dassault Systemes, DS Americas Corp: 3DEXPERIENCE, One Platform, Endless Possibilities

  • 3DEXPERIENCE for Educations is the most advanced software product and learning innovation. It helps teachers prepare students for the future of industry and improve their employability by bring cutting-edge engineering, manufacturing and business industry practices to the classroom! TRANSFORM YOUR CLASSROOM INTO THE FACTORY OF THE FUTURE! Thursday 9/15 11:00 a.m. RSVP REQUIRED.

  • From ProjectSYNCERE: STEM in Motion
    STEM in Motion is an interactive, play-based engineering workshop for students and families. During this session, participants will design, build and create using tools, robotics, and electronics to bring their own inspirations to life. The goal of the session is for participants to explore their creativity, problem-solve, engineer and play.

  • Session will occur in the Smart STEM Project Space, Booth #215621 on Friday 9/16 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. RSVP REQUIRED.