Bright Minds is a bridge for engagement, collaboration and communication between educators, industry and students to support our future manufacturing workforce. The elements of this event take the Technology and Engineering portions of STEM education to the next level, showcasing real-world outcomes and results using advances in manufacturing. Students and educators will see the technology innovations firsthand and realize the value of careers in manufacturing. Attendees have the opportunity to discuss how to move manufacturing forward and create paths to fill the workforce pipeline.
The Influence, Impact and Connection made through Bright Minds Opportunities for Students
- Share talent and learn about technology.
- To compete with peers to see how you measure up to industry expectations.
- Exposure to career and education options. Connections to industry and potentially, your first boss!
At the end of the event, the student attendees will...
- Improve their problem-solving skills.
- Grow their research skills.
- Expand their social skills.
- Increases motivation to learn.
- Develop critical thinking, writing and communication skills.
- Enhance retention of information.
- Demonstrate the power of working cooperatively.
- Provide students with an active and interactive process that engages them to identify what they know, and more importantly, what they don't know.
Opportunities for SME Members and Industry Professionals
- Meet the future workforce.
- Attract youth the future workforce.
- Mentor, guide and promote manufacturing careers.
- Advance manufacturing in the Northeast.
At the end of the event, SME members and industry participants will...
- Grow the company reach to the workforce pipeline — our students.
- Influence the career choices of our youth.
- Make connections to the next generation workforce and educators.
- Build a plan to improve the quality of education to meet industry needs.
Opportunities for Educators
- Help young people develop the skills, knowledge and desire to become good citizens and productive members of society through a manufacturing career.
- Strengthen your students' academic competencies.
- Build student confidence.
- Prepare students for meaningful work in a number of industries.
At the end of the event, the educator attendees will…
- Advance teaching knowledge and find a renewed interest and excitement for teaching in a different way.
- Hone group facilitation skills to promote process learning.
- Obtain new innovations in learning using the Problem-Based Learning model.
- Be armed with vital information to consider for current and future educational programs.
- Be provided a model for lifelong learning.