Smartforce Student Summit – Show Info

Show Hours – North Building, Level 1
9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Registration Hours – North Building, Level 1
8:30 am – 3:00 pm

School / Teacher Registration    College / Technical Student Registration


Student Bus Information

We make it easy for schools to travel by bus to McCormick Place, to drop off teachers, students and chaperones and to park for free in a bus staging area adjacent to McCormick Place.

Buses should arrive at this location at Mc 6th at McCormick Place and drop off at Gate 26. Please plug that map location into your GPS app.

All school buses and charter buses must print and display the bus parking permit in order to park in the bus staging area.

McCormick Place Map    Bus Parking Permit


Manufacturing Brighter Futures

Inspire Students to Pursue a Career in Advanced Technology

The Smartforce Student Summit aims to introduce students and teachers from elementary through post-secondary schools to the exciting, high-tech careers in manufacturing.

Smart Manufacturing

The next generation of makers will meet the next generation of Smart Manufacturing (Industry 4.0) at the Smartforce Student Summit, September 10-15, at McCormick Place in Chicago.

New technologies, Learning Labs & Hands-on Challenges

In partnership with leading education institutions and advanced technology companies such as ABB Robotics, Carl Zeiss, Fanuc America, Festo-Didactic, Haas Automation, Heidenhain, Mastercam, Mitutoyo, and Siemens, the summit has hands-on challenges for students and Learning Labs for teachers as well as advanced students focused on:

  • Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)
  • five-axis machining
  • collaborative robotics
  • additive manufacturing
  • generative design
  • metrology
  • MTConnect®, a communication standard for advanced manufacturing technology

Students will learn the workflow through the entire manufacturing process: design, 3D printing/rapid proto-typing/additive manufacturing, machine and tool monitoring, automation, robotics, measurement, data acquisition and analytics, and the Cloud.

Search for Learning Lab Sessions

You must register for the student summit (at no cost) and then register for the Learning Lab sessions in Step 2 of your registration process.​ Click here to register or add Learning Lab sessions to an existing registration.

Air-Rocket Challenge

One exciting activity for students is the Rippl3D.com 3D-printed Air-Rocket Challenge, where students explore the physics of rocket flight (launch pressure, launch angle, nose weight and tail fin configuration) by making a 3D-printed rocket and testing it in a special air-power, flight-test silo.

Additional Activities

  • Student Mentor Labs: PLCs, robotics, high-mileage vehicles, etc.
  • Apprentice competitions
  • FIRST Robotics
  • STEM and the manufacturing classroom of the future (today!)

Learning Labs for Teachers & Advanced Students

Teachers can register for Learning Labs and earn professional development certificates on smart manufacturing topics from NIMS. To take part in the Learning Labs, teachers may bring additional chaperones or return to the summit on another day. We suggest Saturday, September 15th.

Inspire Students to Pursue a Career in Advanced Technology

We hope you’ll consider bringing your students, their parents, and school administrators to the Smartforce Student Summit at IMTS 2018. Their experience will certainly help them connect school with real-world challenges and may inspire them to pursue a career in advanced technology. #LetsDoThis

School / Teacher Registration    College / Technical Student Registration


Photos from 2016