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  PRIME students visit White House Maker Faire  


Calera High School from Calera, Alabama, an SME Education Foundation PRIME school, was invited to participate in the White House's first Maker Faire, which took place on June 17, 2014.

Maker Faires are held nationwide and celebrate the creative spirit embodied by inventors and thinkers — from students learning STEM skills to engineers to educators to tech enthusiasts. Calera students were recognized for their innovative design of a prosthetic leg. The design was recreated at the Faire using a 3D printer.

When asked why the Foundation supports participation in Maker Faires, Pam Hurt, senior manager, SME Education Foundation, explained: "The Maker Faires generate excitement in the next generation around the idea of making things. They inspire enthusiasm to find new ways to drive innovation in manufacturing by exposing people to game changing technologies."





  New initiative to provide training in 3D printing  


M.Lab 21 is a new initiative designed to motivate high school students to pursue manufacturing careers. Working with 3D Systems, a leader in consumer and industrial 3D printing and manufacturing solutions, SME will provide over 200 schools with 3D printing toolkits. A specialized curriculum will incorporate current technology practices and offer an online platform to allow "students, educators and employers to stay connected about lesson plans and skills requirements."

The U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker announced the initiative at SME's BIG M event in Detroit. This inaugural event provided a forum for manufacturers and policymakers to discuss the complex challenges facing the manufacturing industry.

In her keynote speech, Prtizker remarked: "We have a window of opportunity — right now — to prove to the world that the 21st century will be another "Made-in-America" century." Students from another PRIME school, Jackson Area Career Center located in Jackson, Michigan, attended the event and were able meet with the secretary.





  Visit the Foundation at the ITMS Student Summit and win some cool prizes!  


  The SME Education Foundation will be in Exhibit Hall C at this year's Smartforce Student Summit held at the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS).

IMTS is one of the largest industrial trade shows in the world, featuring 1,900 exhibitors and attracting 100,000 visitors. This year's event is located at McCormick Place in Chicago and runs from September 8-13.

Using 3D printing technologies, visitors to the Foundation's booth will be able to make their own jewelry. Additionally, schools are able to compete in teams of four in the Rippl3d Wind Turbine Challenge. Participants will be designing, building and testing wind turbines. Daily winners will be awarded Wind Turbine Test Stands for their class room!

To participate, stop by booth C-847 in the C Hall.



  Canadian machining students win national competitions  


Nine students were awarded scholarships in three machining categories at this year's Skills Canada National Competition. The SCNC is the only national, multi-trade and technology competition for students and apprentices in Canada. More than 500 young people participate in more than 40 skilled trade and technology contests.

Winning students were awarded $2,000 for the gold, $1,500 for the silver and $1,000 for the bronze. The Foundation awarded three students in each of the following categories: precision machining, precision machining-post secondary school and CNC machining.





  Persistence pays off for Laney College students  


  Laney College is a community college located in Oakland, California that has distinguished itself in part by the multiple scholarships their students receive. Over a two-year period (2013-14), 31 students have been awarded $49,200 in scholarships from the Gene Haas Foundation.

What's even more remarkable is that several of their students have received the awards several times. In large part, this due to the commitment of the instructors at Laney, who work tirelessly to encourage students to take advantage of all available scholarship opportunities. Students receiving a scholarship from the Gene Haas Foundation are able to reapply multiple times during the academic year, which makes this a truly unique opportunity.



  Announcing the 2014 scholarship winners  


The SME Education Foundation recently awarded 250 students in the U.S. and Canada with scholarships totaling over $661,000. The awards included $105,000 for the annual SME Education Foundation Family and Director's Scholarships and $556,000 in other scholarships.

The recipients of the 2014 SME Education Foundation Family Scholarships were announced at SME's annual International Awards Gala.




  Zachary Loeb received a $70,000 four-year scholarship and plans to attend Eastern Florida State College to pursue a degree in engineering.


  Twin brothers Andrew and Jonathan Peuchen both received $10,000, one-year scholarships and plan to attend LeTourneau University to pursue degrees in mechanical engineering.


Students chosen for these scholarships must pursue a degree in manufacturing engineering or a closely related field and be related to an SME member.





  A scholarship winner's story  


  In 2013, Morgan Montalvo was awarded a $70,000 SME Education Foundation Family Scholarship to study mechanical engineering at California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo, California.

In this article in Manufacturing Engineering, Morgan makes it clear that she hit the ground running her freshman year. Along with keeping up with her studies, she decided to join a number of different clubs including the student SME chapter, the Society of Women Engineers and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronomy.

Besides offering opportunities to network and socialize, these clubs gave her the chance to work on fun projects. Through her involvement with SWE's Team Tech, she was part of a team that worked with Walt Disney Imagineering to develop a confidential product. She is also currently helping to design the 2015 Rose Parade Float.





  Visit our new and improved website  


  The SME Education Foundation recently launched a new and improved website designed to help supporters, students and families connect with our latest news and information. The refreshed design provides an easy-to-navigate, user friendly Web presence that showcases the Foundation's award-winning initiatives.

One of the most significant enhancements to the site is the improved design and performance for mobile devices and tablets. The fully scalable and responsive design of the new site makes it easier than ever for visitors to find the information they need, when and where they need it.


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