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.
IMTS 2016 is right around the corner!
Now is the time to register for IMTS 2016, which runs September 12-17 in Chicago, Illinois. As the show approaches, please check our IMTS 2016 Zone for new product updates. We will also have information about new technology, pavilions to explore and conference information. In the meantime, check out IMTSTV for segments about the show and what’s new in the world of manufacturing technology.
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