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IMTS Student Summit
North America’s largest manufacturing event includes an area that is dedicated to students who are thinking about manufacturing.
Manufacturing Day
The next annual Manufacturing Day is October 2, 2015. Manufacturing facilities across the country open their doors to visitors. Visit the site and click on “Attend an Event.”
Smartforce
Why are careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) so meaningful? This page aimed at both students and their parents offers answers.
LaunchPoint TV Show
“LaunchPoint” tells the stories of real manufacturing professionals. Watch episodes online.
Career Me
Learn about manufacturing career paths, as well as educational options to prepare for various advanced manufacturing jobs. 
Manufacturing is Cool
Explore this interactive site created by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers.
The M List
These community colleges and technical schools let students earn skills certifications endorsed by the National Association of Manufacturers as a standard part of the schools’ programs.  
Change the Perception
Manufacturing skills instructor Ryan Pohl blogs about manufacturing to counter the false perception people have about this field.
FIRST Robotics
Robotics competitions are a sport for people who like machinery. Various organizations facilitate different styles of competitive robotics events. Check out FIRST Robotics as well as the two other organizations below.
National Robotics League
Organized by the National Tooling and Machining Association, the NRL emphasizes combat robotics.
National Robotics Challenge
Competitors in the NRC can stay with it and keep advancing for years. Contests are available at levels ranging from sixth grade through graduate school.
Further Resources
Here are even more resources related to pursuing a manufacturing career. The page includes links to organizations offering scholarships or financial aid for manufacturing-related education.