In 2004, members of the Education & Information Exchange Tech Group, which is part of SME's Rapid Technologies & Additive Manufacturing Community, developed the Bright Minds Mentoring Program. This customized program takes place during SME's annual RAPID Conference & Exposition, and local schools are invited to participate.
The goal of this program is to create interest, excitement and an appreciation for product development methods, rapid technologies and applications among high school students. Fifty (50) students are paired with industry professional mentors who guide them through the conference and exposition hall. Students are allocated a portion of time to pair off with each other to experience the sessions and exhibits with industry mentors. To enhance their participation, students are provided industry-related materials, parts and scholarship information. Students are encouraged to share what they have learned with their fellow students and teachers.
Schools interested in participating in this program, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.