Manufacturing Brighter Futures

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Inspire Students to Pursue a Career in Advanced Technology

The Smartforce Student Summit aims to introduce students and teachers from elementary through post-secondary schools to the exciting, high-tech careers in manufacturing.

New technologies, Learning Labs & Hands-on Challenges

In partnership with leading education institutions and advanced technology companies such as ABB Robotics, Carl Zeiss, Fanuc America, Festo-Didactic, Haas Automation, Heidenhain, Mastercam, Mitutoyo, and Siemens, the summit has hands-on challenges for students and Learning Labs for teachers as well as advanced students focused on:

  • Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)
  • five-axis machining
  • collaborative robotics
  • additive manufacturing
  • generative design
  • metrology
  • MTConnect®, a communication standard for advanced manufacturing technology

Students will learn the workflow through the entire manufacturing process: design, 3D printing/rapid proto-typing/additive manufacturing, machine and tool monitoring, automation, robotics, measurement, data acquisition and analytics, and the Cloud.

Air-Rocket Challenge

One exciting activity for students is the Rippl3D.com 3D-printed Air-Rocket Challenge, where students explore the physics of rocket flight (launch pressure, launch angle, nose weight and tail fin configuration) by making a 3D-printed rocket and testing it in a special air-power, flight-test silo.

Additional Activities

  • Student Mentor Labs: PLCs, robotics, high-mileage vehicles, etc.
  • Apprentice competitions
  • FIRST Robotics
  • STEM and the manufacturing classroom of the future (today!)

Learning Labs for Teachers & Advanced Students

Teachers can register for Learning Labs and earn professional development certificates on smart manufacturing topics from NIMS. To take part in the Learning Labs, teachers may bring additional chaperones or return to the summit on another day. We suggest Saturday, September 15th.

Inspire Students to Pursue a Career in Advanced Technology

We hope you’ll consider bringing your students, their parents, and school administrators to the Smartforce Student Summit at IMTS 2018. Their experience will certainly help them connect school with real-world challenges and may inspire them to pursue a career in advanced technology. #LetsDoThis

Photos from 2018