This week marks the one year countdown to the International Manufacturing Technology Show which is held every two years in Chicago, IL. IMTS is one of the largest industrial trade shows in the world, with more than 2,000 exhibiting companies using 1.2 million net square feet of exhibit space at the McCormick Place complex. But the show doesn’t only attract manufacturing industry professionals— it is also home to the Student Smartforce Summit.
The Student Smartforce Summit operates in conjunction with IMTS to provide a fun and interactive environment to introduce teachers, students, and parents to exciting innovations, cool inventions, and promising careers in the industry. Students of all ages and all levels of learning are encouraged to join us and students, educators, administrators and guidance counselors can all register for free! Registration will open on February 1, 2016. (Don’t worry, we’ll remind you!)
Here are some of the things you can look forward to at the 2016 Smartforce Student Summit:
At its core, the Student Smartforce Summit is an event designed to strengthen students interest and expertise in STEM (science, math, engineering, math) fields. There are keynote speakers to inspire students, and share their own personal insights on how to be successful in these fields. At the 2014 Student Smartforce Summit, some of our speakers included Captain Wendy B. Lawrence (former NASA astronaut), Dean Kamen (founder of FIRST® and president of DEKA Research & Development Corporation), and Vince Bertram (president and CEO of Project Lead The Way). Not only are these speakers full of insights on how to be successful, they provide a way for students to match a friendly face to opportunities like Project Lead the Way or FIRST, that they may not have been familiar with.
There is also an amazing hands-on learning component to the Summit. In the “Make It!” area, students are able to experience new technologies and test out their skills. At the 2014 Student Smartforce Summit, students were able to compete to see who could design and create the most effective 3D-printed wind turbine, courtesy of Rippl3D. We can’t wait to announce what 2016 will bring!
Since students are going to see the IMTS exhibits, some of the most impressive displays of cutting edge technology in the world, we know they are going to want to know how to pursue a career in STEM! We’ve got them covered. There will be representatives from a number of community and technical colleges who are happy to sit down with students to discuss what the path to success will look like.
Last but not least, the Summit is a super fun way to approach STEM education. Its time out of the classroom, with friends and supportive teachers, being able to experience the coolest technologies with leaders in the STEM community. There are several competitions and contests, hands on activities, rally fighters, plus lots of surprises in the works.
It will be a week to remember, and we hope you can join us! We will be posting registration, timeline information, and event details in the months to come, follow us on the platforms listed below to stay tuned!