Manufacturing Brighter Futures

Student Registration is Now Open!

This will be our tenth student summit at IMTS (September 12-17, 2016). If your school has attended in the past, you’ll find that this will be a whole new summit. If you’ve never attended before, you’ve never seen anything like it. We invite teachers, administrators and parent chaperones to attend with students from middle schools and high schools and this year, we welcome elementary school students as well. Register for FREE today!

Educator/Student Registration

Registration for Community College and Engineering School Students and Instructors

College/Career Registration

The Smartforce Student Summit at IMTS 2016 has added a career fair, the Smartforce Career Launch Pad for students in career & technical education programs, community colleges and engineering schools. If you’re nearing workforce readiness and searching for an internship or a job, then use this link to register for the student summit and the career launch pad. Once you’ve registered, you can upload your resume to to connect with companies, set up interviews, etc.

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Student Challenge

To help students explore the tools, technology and opportunities that are available to them, we’re offering three distinct challenges at the event:

Design It! In this challenge, students will try their hand at product design utilizing Computer Aided Design/Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAD/CAM) software.

Make It! Students will be immersed in an all-new Rippl3D 3D printing challenge, tasking them with designing three key components of a 3D printed miniature rocket – and then testing to see how it works.

Build It! For mechanically-minded students, there will be a team challenge to build the major assemblies of a CNC water jet cutting machine, with the ability to win that machine for their school’s machining lab.

Students will also interact with robotics, welding, and other technologies.

Lighting the Future in the Smartforce Student Summit

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.

Photos from 2014

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.

Smartforce Student Summit on IMTSTV


Also on IMTSTV, this iSpy segment with Andrew Taggart takes us inside the Smartforce Student Summit at IMTS 2014
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What People are Saying About 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.

2016 Student Registration Now Open