Guiding Students’ IMTS Experiences

The Chicago Chapter of the American Mold Builders Association is stepping up its efforts during IMTS to engage students and teach them about the world of advanced manufacturing.

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From automation to 3D printing to the most innovative of machining solutions, students visiting IMTS this year will have an enriched experience thanks to the Chicago AMBA. (Image courtesy of Methods Machine Tools Inc.)

 

The Chicago Chapter of the American Mold Builders Association is stepping up its efforts during IMTS to engage students and teach them about the world of advanced manufacturing. Last year the chapter obtained a booth in the Smartforce Student Summit pavilion at McCormick Place in Chicago, bringing in apprentices from member companies who met with students of all ages and shared the rewards of learning how to build molds. This year, Chicago AMBA members will be riding buses with students on their way to IMTS and will guide them on their tour of the event to optimize their understanding of manufacturing as an industry and potential career.

The whole experience includes a $250 grant that will be given by the Chicago AMBA to each of four schools attending the IMTS Smartforce Student Summit on September 14 and 15. The grants were made possible by funds raised during the chapter’s second annual Supplier Night event held last April.

“We put the word out to several schools in the Chicago area and asked them to complete an application. The Education Committee members selected the four schools at its August monthly meeting,” explains Chapter President Francine Petrucci of B A Die Mold Inc. “The grant is intended to be used to help the schools offset the expenses of travel and substitute teacher stipend. But more importantly, we’re ecstatic about being able to have an industry professional spend the day with a group of students to answer questions about mold manufacturing careers, show them the technologies used today, and provide meaningful access to other areas of advanced manufacturing.”

Schools selected to receive a $250 grant are East Leyden High School, West Leyden High School, and the DeKalb/Ogle Workforce Development Consortium which is coordinating the trip to IMTS's Smartforce Student Summit for Rochelle Township High School, Genoa-Kingston CUSD#42, DeKalb High School, and Sycamore High School. Schools will be accompanied by mold manufacturing professionals from A-1 Tool Corp., Armin Tool & Manufacturing Co., B.A. Die Mold, Graphic Tool Corp., and Janler Corp.

More on the results of this very hands-on educational approach to exposing youth to viable careers in our industry will come after IMTS. I’m anxious to hear how it all works out and we’ll hopefully receive some great pictures of the students as they make their way around IMTS. 

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