Student Summit Returns for IMTS 2014

Students, educators and parents can get a firsthand look at advanced technologies and learn more about manufacturing careers at the Smartforce Student Summit.


Students gather in the Student Skills Center at IMTS 2012 to participate in the Student Summit. The 2012 event attracted more than 9,300 students and educators from 17 states; organizers expect an even larger group in 2014.  

Taking place at Chicago’s McCormick Place this September, the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) will welcome students, educators and parents to a special summit intended to promote manufacturing careers to young people. The Smartforce Student Summit (a rebranded version of 2012’s NIMS Student Summit) will include keynote addresses, technology demonstrations and interactive exhibits where students can experience manufacturing first-hand. For instance, 2012 attendees were able to practice their welding skills at a virtual welding station provided by Lincoln Electric, or climb inside the capsule used to rescue miners trapped in the Chilean mining accident in 2010.

In addition to checking out the cool technology, students can also meet some of the people behind it. During the Summit, the Student Skills Center will be staffed by MTAmbassadors, 20-something manufacturing professionals who will be available to talk to students and answer questions about careers in the industry. (See this blog post from October to watch a message from a group of these ambassadors.)

The free summit will take place September 8 to 12 in the Student Skills Center from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day, and is open to middle school, high school and college students and their educators, administrators and parents. Visit here for program details, registration and additional information.