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Bright Minds


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Introducing SME Bright Minds Powered by PRIME

SME Bright Minds and the SME Education Foundation’s PRIME® initiative has joined forces to actively engage and build a collaborative network for high school students and educators.

SME Bright Minds

SME Bright Minds is a program for high school students, educators, industry professionals and administrators to reinforce the value of an education and career in manufacturing. By attending Bright Minds, students can learn about manufacturing career pathways, gain leadership skills, participate as a mentee in the SME Mentor program and connect with industry professionals through SME Connect.


PRIME (Partnership Response in Manufacturing Education) was established in 2011 with six schools and has grown to 38 schools in 22 states. Since 2012, more than 140 PRIME® students have received nearly $400,000 in cumulative scholarships from the SME Education Foundation. PRIME® actively engages and builds a collaborative network between high school students and educators to grow and train the next generation workforce while driving interest in scholarships and awareness in manufacturing.



SME Connect SME Connect
A virtual platform where you and your students can network with other like-minded educators, high school students and industry professionals.
SME Mentor Program SME Mentor Program
The SME Mentor program connects students and professionals members in a mentor-mentee relationship to help both achieve their personal, educational, and professional development goals.

Scholarships Scholarships
A variety of postsecondary scholarships available for students pursuing associate and bachelor degrees in manufacturing engineering/technology and related disciplines.

Educational Resources Educational Resources
Access to technical resources through the SME Knowledge & Resource Center, as well as the Advanced Manufacturing Media channels, to help students complete class projects and impress peers.

Competitions Competitions
More information to follow about plans to launch an SME Bright Minds Powered by PRIME network competition involving schools and students.