The SME Education Foundation inspires, prepares and supports the next generation of manufacturing and engineering talent.
The first step in developing the next generation of talent is to inspire students to consider manufacturing as a career choice. The SME Education Foundation Student Summit event series showcases the high-tech nature of modern manufacturing and effectively fights the misperception that manufacturing is dull, dirty and dying.
Hosted alongside SME conferences and events, each of these one-day summits held over three days are designed to provide high school students with their first taste of manufacturing by delivering student-centric programming that features keynote speakers, hands-on competitions, technology demonstrations, and guided show-floor tours of exhibiting manufacturing companies.
Student Summits took place in 2019
students from 70+ high schools attended our Student Summits in 2019
high school students attended each of our student summits in 2019
Student Summit attendees became new SME student members