One of the key tenets of AMT’s Manufacturing Mandate for our Smartforce Development efforts is to support student challenges, grants and scholarships.

At The MFG Meeting, we asked AMT members in attendance to support us in donating another 3D printer to a STEM program at a school that has a terrific technology teacher and program, but did not have access to a 3D printer.

I was honored that a former AMT Board member stepped forward to make an anonymous donation through their family foundation that covered the entire cost of the 3D printer.

We had already selected Primoris Academy in Westwood, N.J., for the 3D printer donation because of their need and their commitment to their STEM program. The technology teacher at Primoris Academy is also the author of a book titled The Art of Invention.

Continuing with tradition, there was also a Miles For Manufacturing 5K run/walk (M4M) for charitable contributions at The MFG Meeting. The M4M 5K is supported by GIE Media and sponsored by BIG Kaiser, Festo and Royal Products, as well as by run/walk participant fees. Proceeds from that event will be donated to the precision machining program at Max Hayes High School in Cleveland.

Max Hayes High School has a decades long and very strong precision machining program, and the school moved into a brand new building for the 2015-2016 school year. Donations from the M4M 5K will be used to purchase additional 3D printing equipment that didn’t quite make it into the school’s program budget when the new facility was built. This is the second round of funding that we’ve provided to Max Hayes High School, in addition to donating a 3D printer to Riverside pre-K-8 in Cleveland, a feeder school to Max Hayes High School.

During the Smartforce Student Summit at IMTS 2016, we will be providing schools with challenges and engaging exhibits that will allow them to experience design, machine building, CNC, 3D printing, robotics, welding, tooling and even launch telemetry.

The theme of this student summit will be around aerospace and getting to outer space. In support of that theme, we will be providing a career fair for post-secondary students that will serve as a foundation for students to launch themselves into manufacturing. The Smartforce Career Launch Pad will take place on the Mezzanine level of the North Hall and is for students only.

AMT members who would like to participate in the Career Launch Pad can post their open, entry-level positions on AMT’s job board at Members can also invite their Human Resources folks to exhibit in the career fair during IMTS.

For more information about AMT’s Smartforce Development efforts, the Smartforce Student Summit at IMTS 2016 or the Career Launch Pad, contact Greg Jones at 703-827-5203 or For more frequent updates, follow @GregoryAJones on Twitter.