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Bright Minds Student Summits

"The Student Summits have truly opened our eyes to the vast array of job opportunities available in the fields of manufacturing and engineering."
 – High School Educator

Hosted alongside SME conferences and events, SME Bright Minds Student Summits showcase the high-tech nature of modern manufacturing and promote the industry as an exciting, growing, and lucrative career path to high school students and educators – delivering insightful programming that features guided show-floor tours, technology demonstrations, and keynote speakers. SME Bright Minds Student Summits provide a platform for manufacturers to engage with the next generation of talent. What is a Bright Minds Student Summit?


Students participated since 2019


Companies participated since 2019


High schools attended since 2019



Preparing the Next Generation Workforce

Two million manufacturing jobs need to be filled by 2030. Bright Minds Student Summits are the response to this challenge.

Recent Bright Minds Student Summit Stories


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Recent Bright Minds Student Summit Announcements

Expertise Freely Shared Yields Additive Effects on Student Success

The 𝐒𝐤𝐢𝐥𝐥𝐬𝐔𝐒𝐀 𝐂𝐡𝐚𝐦𝐩𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐡𝐢𝐩𝐬, part of the National Leadership & Skills Conference, showcase top talents from 6,000 U.S. students in over 100 competitions in partnership with the SME Education Foundation. This event highlights the skill, leadership, and massive collaborative effort.

SME, Stratasys Announce Winners of 2023 SkillsUSA Additive Manufacturing Competition

SME, the nonprofit committed to accelerating new manufacturing technology adoption and building North America’s talent and capabilities, and global additive manufacturing leader Stratasys, announced the winners of their cosponsored 2023 Additive Manufacturing Competition, conducted as part of the 59th annual SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference, held in Atlanta.

Upcoming Bright Minds Student Summits

Discover 2024 Bright Minds Student Summits. Inspire students across the country to pursue manufacturing and engineering careers.