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Astronaut Wendy Lawrence to Deliver Keynote Address on Behalf of Sally Ride Science at Smartforce Student Summit at IMTS 2014

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Astronaut Wendy Lawrence to Deliver Keynote Address on Behalf of Sally Ride Science at Smartforce Student Summit at IMTS 2014

Press release date: August 1, 2014

McLean, Va. … AMT — The Association For Manufacturing Technology is proud to announce that former Astronaut Wendy Lawrence will deliver a keynote address on behalf of Sally Ride Science on Wednesday, September 10, during the Smartforce Student Summit at IMTS - The International Manufacturing Technology Show 2014. Sally Ride ScienceĀ® provides tools for college and career readiness that can build students' passion for STEM fields and careers.

IMTS is the largest industrial trade show in the Americas, drawing more than 100,000 visitors and featuring more than 1,900 exhibitors. The Smartforce Student Summit is held in conjunction with IMTS and gives students a first-hand, interactive view of manufacturing technology, in addition to promoting careers in the industry.

"One of the primary issues facing U.S. manufacturing is a lack of workers who have the required advanced and high-technology skills necessary in industry today. The Smartforce Student Summit is a great way to educate students, teachers and parents about the career opportunities in manufacturing," said Greg Jones, Vice President - Smartforce Development, AMT.

"Additionally, it's imperative to generate interest among girls and young women for careers in STEM fields, including manufacturing. Astronaut Wendy Lawrence and Sally Ride Science are a natural fit for bringing this message to the attendees at the Smartforce Student Summit."

Founded in 2001 by Dr. Sally Ride, America's first woman in space, Sally Ride Science brings science to life for upper-elementary and middle school students, and offers professional development via the Sally Ride Online Academy, helping educators incorporate engaging career-focused approaches into their existing instruction. Through teacher training programs, books and eBooks (e.g., the Cool Careers and Key Concepts in Science series), and various events and services, the company shows students that science is creative, collaborative, fascinating, and fun.

"I am very much looking forward to speaking at the Smartforce Student Summit, and—on behalf of the entire team at Sally Ride Science—I thank AMT for the invitation," said Ms. Lawrence. "Like Sally Ride Science—a company I have worked with closely over many years—I am very passionate about building student interest in STEM. I can't emphasize enough how important it is for employers and industry groups like AMT to share that mission as well."

"A focus of my keynote will be on the lasting impact teachers—and anyone, really, such as the STEM professionals at the Summit—can have on students when they expand STEM topics ‘beyond the classroom' and connect them to careers. Once students can envision themselves as a marine biologist, engineer, astronaut, or other STEM professional, there is really no stopping them. Introducing students to the wide array of women and men working in STEM—whether through in-person contacts or through Sally Ride Science books, products and programs—is the best way to build student interest in STEM fields."

The Smartforce Student Summit at IMTS will be held from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., September 8-13, 2014 at Chicago's McCormick Place. For more information or to register visit www.IMTS.com/Student.

AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology
AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology represents and promotes U.S.-based manufacturing technology and its members—those who design, build, sell, and service the continuously evolving technology that lies at the heart of manufacturing. Founded in 1902 and based in Virginia, the association specializes in providing targeted business assistance, extensive global support, and business intelligence systems and analysis. AMT is the voice that communicates the importance of policies and programs that encourage research and innovation, and the development of educational initiatives to create tomorrow's Smartforce. AMT owns and manages IMTS — The International Manufacturing Technology Show, which is the premier manufacturing technology event in North America.

IMTS – International Manufacturing Technology Show
The largest and longest running manufacturing technology trade show in the United States is held every other year at McCormick Place in Chicago, Ill. IMTS 2014 will run September 8-13. IMTS is ranked among the largest trade shows in the world. Recognized as one of the world's preeminent stages for introducing and selling manufacturing equipment and technology, IMTS attracts more than 100,000 visitors from every level of industry and more than 119 countries. IMTS is owned and managed by AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology. www.IMTS.com

Sally Ride Science
Sally Ride Science, founded by Dr. Sally Ride, America's first woman in space, provides college and career readiness training and tools to build students' passion for STEM fields and help teachers incorporate engaging career-focused approaches into their existing instruction. Sally Ride Science administers the Sally Ride Science Academy Brought to You by ExxonMobil, a professional development program for educators in Grades 4-8, the Sally Ride Online Academy, an online professional development program open to all educators, STEM Central, a searchable web database of online resources for STEM topics and careers, and Sally Ride EarthKAM, a unique NASA-backed educational outreach program enabling students, teachers, and the public to learn about Earth from the unique perspective of space. Visit sallyridescience.com for more information.

Contact:

Greg Jones
Vice President-Smartforce Development
gjones@AMTonline.org
703-827-5203

Penelope Brown
MTAdvocacy Manager
pbrown@AMTonline.org
703-827-5275

Bonnie Gurney
Director-Communications
bgurney@AMTonline.org
703-827-5277

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