Smartforce Student Summit

Manufacturing Brighter Futures

You’re invited!

Students at IMTSStudent Registration is now open. Register Today

IMTS has a longstanding tradition of gathering middle school, high school and college students, educators, administrators and parent chaperones to experience advanced manufacturing technology and have direct contact with the industry professionals whose minds move manufacturing forward. It’s the next generation Smartforce entering the manufacturing technology industry who will keep the U.S. in its global manufacturing leadership position.

During IMTS 2012, more than 9,300 students and educators from 17 states attended the student summit before touring IMTS. For 2014 we plan to welcome even more of the student community to the Smartforce Student Summit the week of Sept. 8-12 from 9 am – 5 pm, Monday - Friday. It’s free for students, educators, administrators and parent chaperones.


Registration for schools is FREE, easy and will take just a few minutes to complete. Just provide us some brief information about you, your school, your program, the number of students you think you'll bring and on which day you anticipate visiting the student summit.

» Educators and Chaperones - Register your group today for the Smartforce Student Summit
» Superintendents - Register for the Special Superintendent's Program

Student Summit Speakers & Program

The Smartforce Student Summit at IMTS introduces educators, students and parents to exciting new innovations in manufacturing technology. The Student Summit is designed to allow young people to interact with today’s manufacturing industry so that they can translate their STEM education into real-world results within high-tech and high-value careers.

» View the Student Summit Lineup of Speakers
» View the Superintendent's Program

What is an MTAmbassador?

At the Smartforce Student Summit, students will be immersed in the industry and IMTS as they tour interactive exhibits. They’ll have the opportunity to talk to “MTAmbassadors” - young manufacturing professionals in their 20s who are already enjoying a successful career and lifestyle because they’ve chosen a career in manufacturing.

» A message from our MTAmbassadors:


Mark your calendar to visit the Smartforce Student Summit during IMTS Monday-Friday, Sept. 8-12 from 9 am - 5 pm.. And spread the word to your community that IMTS is the place to come together and leave smarter.

If you would like to engage with someone to learn more about the Smartforce Student Summit, contact Greg Jones at

Testimonials from the Student Summit ...

One of the best learning experiences of the year for my students!
Few field trips validate classroom learning like IMTS!
My students felt honored, recognized, and welcomed to the world of machining.  Thank you!
Overall, this is such an impressive event.  It was great to have our students and staff see so many great examples of what advanced manufacturing is.
There’s always room for improvement, but the Student Summit is still the most important part of IMTS.
Our students immediately gravitated toward the FANUC Robotics booth.  The robots really grabbed their attention.   Sandvik Coromant’s booth was also a success, as they engaged the students with questions.
FANUC Robotics, as did all the exhibitors, did an excellent job.
All the people were friendly and the booths were very presentable.  It demonstrated that there are people interested in American Manufacturing.

Photos from 2012

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