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Student Summit Event Series Highlights

Read highlights from the Student Summit Event Series at SME manufacturing and technology trade shows across the country. These highlights will showcase each Student Summit which allows students to explore the manufacturing industry, participate in hands-on challenges, and tour industry, and collegiate exhibits that provide insights into potential career pathways.

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Student Summit Event Highlights

Nearly 900 High School Students Attended Student Summits in 2021

Last year, nearly 900 students from 30 high schools in 12 U.S. states participated in Student Summits that took place at four SME events: RAPID + TCT, EASTEC, SOUTHTEC and WESTEC. In all, nine full days of Student Summits — made possible by a donation from the Arconic Foundation — took place during the SME events.

Small Town High School Students Win Big City Manufacturing Competition

Kouts High School from a small, close-knit community near Valparaiso, Indiana, came out ahead and won the manufacturing competition at the 2019 FABTECH Student Summit. The SME Education Foundation Student Summit event series is one solution that through student-centric programming, effectively addresses the misperception often held by young people that manufacturing is dull, dirty and dying.

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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.