Did you know that by 2025, two million manufacturing jobs are expected to be available if more young people don’t seek an education in STEM and a career in manufacturing?
The Smartforce Student Summit at IMTS 2016, McCormick Place, Chicago, Ill., Sept 12-17, is an event promising to encourage students to pursue STEAM studies leading to a career in manufacturing technology. Nine hands-on technical challenges offer students the change to try their hand in advanced manufacturing and to see the latest innovations in the industry. The challenge lineup includes:
Use Autodesk Fusion 360 software (3D CAD/CAM/CAE) to design and create models of Googie (space-age) style rockets. Visit www.autodesk.com/products/fusion-360/students-teachers-educators to download the software.
Explore what drives the physics of rocket flight (launch pressure, launch angle, nose weight and tail fin configuration) by making a 3D printed rocket through one of three options:
- Choose from an assortment of pre-printed rocket parts: nose cone, body, and tail fins provided with partner, RapidPSI.
- Use challenges.rippl3d.com software and MakerGear 3D printers on site at the summit to create custom tail fins to add to a pre-printed rocket nose and body.
- Use challenges.rippl3d.com + http://www.autodesk.com/products/fusion-360/students-teachers-educators + a 3D printer at school or at home and bring a custom miniature rockets to be tested on site at the summit.
All students are invited to test their rockets in a one-of-a-kind special air-power flight tower. Students earn points by mastering performance (trajectory and stability) and style.
See how manufacturing affects virtually everything you touch — from aircraft and automobiles to smart phones, computers and more.
Discover how to machine Googie-style rockets on the Haas ST-10 and Haas VF-2.
Learn to operate a ZEISS DuraMax coordinate measuring machine and run the CNC measurement program to find out if their rocket design makes the grade.
Operate machine components and parts with a robotic arm and grippers.
Test welding ability, knowledge, and speed using the Lincoln Electric® RealWeld® Trainer in a virtual welding experience with a voice coaching application to guide you through the weld process.
Weld It with Robots!
Navigate a robot through a realistic welding obstacle course by setting up welding angles for the robot to perform a simulated weld.
Experienced mechatronics student teams will compete against teams of industry professionals in a WARDJet waterjet cutting machine build-off for a chance to win a waterjet for their school’s machining lab. Build It! student teams can register at http://www.wardjet.com/build-it-challenge
Registration for the Smartforce Student Summit is free for students of all ages, from elementary school through college, as well as for their teachers, administrators and parents. To register, visit www.imts.com/student.