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  Six new high schools join the PRIME program  


The SME Education Foundation has selected six new high schools to participate in the Partnership Response In Manufacturing Education (PRIME) initiative. The new PRIME schools are:


Capital High School, Helena, Montana


Jeffersontown High School, Louisville, Kentucky


John Glenn High School, Norwalk, California


Middleton High School, Tampa, Florida


Rocklin High School, Rocklin, California


Tri Rivers Career Center, Marion, Ohio


PRIME schools are selected for their ability to be leading educational institutions in the areas of advanced manufacturing and STEM education.

According to Josh Cramer, senior educational program officer at SME Education Foundation, the PRIME model and network has proven its value and success. Since its inception in 2011, roughly three-quarters of PRIME graduates have entered the manufacturing field or pursued manufacturing or STEM-related postsecondary education and training. "This validates the belief that engaging high school students and providing them with hands-on access to manufacturing curriculum and tools can drive interest in pursuing degrees to support the industry."

Interested in nominating a high school?

The PRIME nomination period is now open and runs through
March 1, 2015. Visit for more information.



  Third Annual Manufacturing Day: A Recap  


Manufacturing Day was created three years ago to give manufacturers a chance to dispel common misconceptions and showcase what modern manufacturing really looks like in the 21st century.

The Foundation's participation in this nationwide event included support from numerous organizations including the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and the Manufacturing Institute.

Throughout the month of October, thousands of students across the nation, including students from our PRIME network of schools, attended a variety of events including plant and facility tours, interactive demonstrations, competitions, career counseling sessions, community awareness events, and presentations designed to promote manufacturing awareness.





  Wind Turbine Challenge  


The SME Education Foundation and joined together to create a new online contest that encouraged students to test their design and engineering skills utilizing 3D printing technology. The contest capitalized on the enthusiastic response by students who participated in the Wind Turbine Challenge at the Smartforce Student Summit at IMTS 2014.

Bill Macy of was thrilled to witness the high level of student engagement in the Wind Turbine Challenge. "We were excited to watch group after group gather around the test stations to naturally collaborate on a design strategy. Kids who didn't understand principles like rotational inertia, drag, and aerodynamic forces, left talking about how their designs were affected positively or negatively by these principles of physics."

The extended virtual competition ran through October 31. All schools that registered or attended the Smartforce Student Summit were eligible to participate.




  Scholarship application period reopens for 2015/2016  


The SME Education Foundation scholarship application period for the 2015/2016 academic year is now open. Our scholarships provide financial support for students pursuing careers in engineering and technology fields closely related to manufacturing. We have also opened up the application period for those scholarships that are exclusively available to our PRIME network students.

Please note: While our application deadline is February 1, 2015, we administer a number of scholarships whose deadlines may be earlier.




  New scholarships for the 2015/2016 academic year  


Ford Blue Oval STEM Scholarship Program

The SME Education Foundation has been selected to administer the new Ford Blue Oval STEM Scholarship Program, which will provide $500,000 in scholarships over four years to 50 students pursuing qualifying STEM degrees.


Type of award: Renewable, non-need based scholarships in the amount of $2,500 per year. Monies can be used for room, board, tuition, books, and approved educational expenses.


Eligibility will be based on GPA and enrollment in a STEM major at approved four-year colleges or two-year vocational programs.


Students must have participated in one of the following Ford-supported STEM programs: Ford Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, Ford Next Generation Learning, or the Ford High School Science and Technology Program.


Focus: HOPE Scholarship Program

The SME Education Foundation has been selected to administer two new scholarships specifically for Focus: HOPE students pursuing careers in manufacturing, manufacturing technology, or a closely related field. The application period opened November 1, 2014.


Type of award: There will be a total of ten $3,000 awards, which will be split evenly between the two scholarships.


Applicants can be full or part-time students.


Schools must be based in the U.S. and affiliated with Focus: HOPE.


For the E. Wayne Kay/Focus: HOPE Scholarship, applicants must have completed at least one term at an approved school.


For the E. Wayne Kay/Focus: HOPE Community College Scholarship, applicants must have completed at least one term at an approved school but have less than 60 college credit hours.



  Calera PRIME school students change lives  


Earlier in 2014, students from Calera High School, a PRIME school located in Calera, Alabama, traveled to Juitapa, a remote village located in the northern part of Honduras. This was the second time Calera students visited Honduras, the second-poorest country in Central America and one that is currently experiencing a severe drought impacting half a million people.

In their previous visit in 2013, students fitted 14 amputees with a low-cost prosthetic they had designed and built at Calera. On this return visit, which lasted six days, Calera students built a hydroelectric power plant, a basic utility vehicle, and fitted several more amputees with prosthetic legs.

Trip sponsor, the Gene Haas Foundation, posted pictures of the Calera PRIME students engaging with residents from the Juitapa community.



  Wando High School: A PRIME example of community and industry working together.  


PRIME school since 2012

Wando High School, a PRIME school in Mt. Pleasant, SC, demonstrates what can happen when SME, industry and community work together. The local SME Chapter 430 teamed up with local companies including BP Chemical, Boeing, Blackbaud and SAIC to give Wando students an unparalleled advantage in getting the education necessary to pursue a manufacturing career. The result is a holistic approach that provides students with a roadmap to follow, foundational knowledge, and real-world experience – through competitions, mentoring, guest speakers, apprenticeships, and internships.




  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 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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