The Smartforce Student Summit is returning to IMTS this year, bigger and better than it’s ever been before.
Just as students across the country are gearing up to return to their classrooms for the 2022 school year, a portion of them will get to walk into a different kind of classroom at IMTS – The International Manufacturing Technology Show, September 12-17 in Chicago, Illinois.
The Smartforce Student Summit, produced by the Smartforce Development team of AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology, returns to IMTS this year and is poised to bring the industry’s vision for the manufacturing technology classroom of the future to wondrous life on level one of McCormick Place’s North Building.
In addition to bringing together students of all ages, scout troops, robotics and STEM clubs, home-school students and educators of all levels, the Summit will also offer attendees the chance to get hands-on experience with breakthrough manufacturing technologies like artificial intelligence, augmented reality, virtual reality, generative design, digital twin technology and more.
“The actual technologies on display at the Student Summit are just the beginning,” says Cat Ross, AMT director of education, Smartforce Development. “This year visitors will get to see the bigger picture of how all these technologies work together to make the most cutting-edge products and programs a reality. Summit visitors will see how today’s manufacturing technologies combine to turn science fiction into science fact and make the impossible possible.”
Some highlights include:
A wide range of automation technologies on display in the FANUC America booths (215500 and 215124), including their latest CRX cobots, three CNC Simulators and more.
On-site training tools from Festo LX, Bionics4Education, Factory Automation and the Mechatronics Career Pathway to Industry 4.0 Challenge from Festo Didactic’s booth (215100).
The Manufacturing Experience — a live educational tour jointly presented by Autodesk (booth 215320) and Haas Automation (booth 215300) that will showcase practical manufacturing with demonstrations of part-modeling, programming, machining and automation.
In another first for this year’s Student Summit, exhibitors will participate in Career Connections, which features QR codes that, when scanned, will connect students directly to that company’s open job opportunities and internships. Post-secondary students will walk away from the Summit with more than just swag and know-how this year — they might walk out with career leads, too.
This is a can’t-miss event for students and educators who want to experience the manufacturing technology classroom of the future for themselves. Click here to register for the Smartforce Student Summit. Don’t forget to explore the Summit floor plan before you arrive so you can make the most of your time on-site.