Smart Manufacturing Experience 2018 Fosters STEM Career Support Through Two-Day Mars Rover Challenge for Students


(BOSTON, April 24, 2018) – For students interested in pursuing a career in STEM, the Smart Manufacturing Experience 2018 offers an immersive three-day event that features a hands-on learning experience through its partnership with the SME Education Foundation, Ripple3D, Boston Public Schools, and area universities.

The SME Education Foundation inspires, prepares and supports the next generation of manufacturing engineers and technologists through STEM education opportunities. On Tuesday, May 1 and Wednesday, May 2, students ages 16 and older get to test their design skills and learn about the intricacies of manufacturing with Ripple3D’s Mars Rover Challenge.

Photo courtesy of SME

Photo courtesy of SME

“Our student program sheds a new light on manufacturing and the different career pathways available in industry,” said Dina Fattom, workforce development program specialist, SME. “It’s a great opportunity for students to understand different product development models, engineering and technology being used in a real-world scenario.”

In addition, event registration and exhibition access are free for students interested in participating in the challenge and attending the Smart Manufacturing Experience.

“Our mission is to expand interest in STEM-based education and employment opportunities,” Fattom said. “We want to help students as much as we can and inspire them by connecting them with manufacturers. This event will give them an opportunity to interact with college students, mentors and educators.”

Photo courtesy of SME

Photo courtesy of SME

Three one-hour long Ripple3D Mars Rover Challenges will start at 9:30 a.m. both days. Teams of five students will design, print and build their Mars Rover to learn how wheel size and shape combine with gear train to complete two missions:

  • Mission 1 – Carry a payload over Mars rocky terrain
  • Mission 2 – Carry a payload over Mars sandy terrain

To find out more about the Student Innovation Tour, click here, and to learn more about bringing SME Membership to high schools, click here. Schools that are interested in participating in the student event should contact Dina Fattom at [email protected] or at 313-920-3254.

For more information about the Smart Manufacturing Experience, visit

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