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Student Summit Event Series

Inspiring high school students to pursue manufacturing and engineering careers.

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.


Students participated since 2019


Exhibitors participated since 2019


High schools attended since 2019



Preparing the Next Generation Workforce

Two million manufacturing jobs need to be filled by 2030. SME PRIME is the response to this challenge.

Recent Student Summits Stories


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Recent Student Summits Announcements

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.

High school students explore the latest technologies at HOUSTEX 2023

With the Bright Minds Program at HOUSTEX, high school students had a chance to explore the latest technologies and connect with industry professionals. At the convention center, students saw a virtual reality training program where machines are used to simulate the floor of a worksite. Learn more about how the SME Education Foundation is inspiring future workers.

Upcoming Student Summits

View all of our upcoming student summits taking place in 2022. Give your students the experience of attending an SME event showcasing the high-tech nature of modern manufacturing.

Student Summit Highlights

Learn why our Student Summit Event Series at SME events across the country inspire students to pursue manufacturing and engineering careers.
“My students really enjoyed the interaction with the drone building time and they were taken back by all the vendors and their willingness to talk to them about the trade. ”
Tate Ostiguy, Bay Path is Advanced Manufacturing Instructor