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 PRIME Project (12-20-13)  

Local Teens Invent Car Seat Device that Could Save Lives Michael Dodrill and Leaf Holland are seniors in the Project Lead the Way program of the West Shore Career Technical District, and they have created an invention that could save lives. Full Article

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Through PRIME (Partnership Response in Manufacturing Education), the SME Education Foundation is creating strong partnerships between organizations, businesses and exemplary schools to provide a comprehensive community-based approach to manufacturing education. The new program was launched nationwide in fall 2011 at six model sites and is designed to bring our industry and organization partners into the classroom to insure relevant connections be established between the curriculum being taught and the real world. More 

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SME-EF Logo   Since 1998, the SME Education Foundation has provided more than $8.1 million dollars in financial aid through its various scholarship programs. The Foundation awards scholarships to graduating high school seniors, current undergraduates and master’s or doctoral degree students pursuing degrees in manufacturing and related fields at two-year and four-year colleges. More 
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SME Bright Minds is a program for SME members to engage, encourage, and bridge collaboration and communication with high school and college students, educators, industry professionals and administrators to reinforce the value of education in manufacturing careers. By attending Bright Minds, you can learn about manufacturing career pathways, gain leadership skills, influence curriculum, mentor and connect with industry professionals. 2015 Bright Minds are co-located at EASTEC, RAPID and SOUTH-TEC.. More


Bright Minds

PLTWLogo   Since 2006, PLTW and SME-EF have been working together to engage more students in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education. In 2010, the SME Education Foundation donated $815,000 to implement the Gateway Academy at 250 schools — a summer program designed to inspire middle school students to learn more about innovation and STEM-related fields. The donation also helped upgrade computer-integrated manufacturing (CIM) course equipment in 50 high schools. A $400,000 donation in 2011 upgraded an additional 80 PLTW schools’ CIM laboratories. The newest round of funding completes CIM upgrades at 165 schools and brings the Foundation’s total commitment to PLTW to more than $5.4 million over the last six years. More
Lean Certification Logo   Designed by three organizations — SME, the Association for Manufacturing Excellence and The Shingo Prize for Operational Excellence — this alliance has established the standard for continuous improvement and lean practices.In 2010, the American Society for Quality joined this collaborative alliance, which truly aligns these leading organizations to a single standard for lean certification, providing manufacturers and their supply chains with a roadmap for workforce development. More  
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SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA helps each student excel. SkillsUSA's mission is to empower its members to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens. More 



FirstUSA Logo   FIRST was founded to inspire young people's interest and participation in science and technology through accessible, innovative programs that motivate young people to pursue education and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math, while building self-confidence, knowledge and life skills. More