SME Education Foundation, Alcoa Foundation Take Area Students on 'Mission: Mars'

Aug 05, 2015, 15:32 ET from SME Education Foundation

WADSWORTH, Ohio, Aug. 5, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The SME Education Foundation and Alcoa Foundation are partnered with Wadsworth City Schools to offer more than 450 K-8 students a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) 'Mission: Mars' summer camp experience this week. Throughout the camp students work collaboratively to create rockets, rovers, satellites and other mechanisms to explore both the planet and their own potential future in STEM courses and careers.

The camp is one of several programs created, coordinated and offered by the SME Education Foundation's Partnership Response In Manufacturing Education (PRIME) network of industry partners and schools.

"PRIME is our response to the nation's call and industry's critical need for more students to be engaged and interested in STEM studies and careers — it's our mission," said Brian Glowiak, SME Education Foundation director. "We're so pleased to partner with responsible industry leaders like Alcoa to make opportunities available to inspire future technicians, scientists and engineers."

The U.S. Department of Education notes that, despite expanding opportunities in STEM careers through 2020, only 16 percent of high school seniors are currently proficient in math and science and interested in a STEM career.

The SME Education Foundation's PRIME network annually impacts over 6,000 students. With 115 manufacturing partners working with schools in 21 states, the network is among the most significant STEM industry/education initiatives in the country.

"We're working with great kids from kindergarten age through grade eight as they learn engineering and manufacturing concepts this week," said Kip Shipley, director of the 'Mission: Mars' summer camp. "It's going to be fun and instructive — and their teachers will be gaining valuable experience teaching STEM concepts and skills."

Twenty-six Wadsworth School District teachers received training for the camp by the NASA Glenn Research Center and were funded in part by the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation. The camp concludes Friday, August 7, 2015 at 12:00.

About the SME Education Foundation
The SME Education Foundation is committed to inspiring, preparing and supporting the next generation of manufacturing engineers and technologists in the advancement of manufacturing education. Created by SME in 1979, the SME Education Foundation has provided more than $33 million since 1980 in grants, scholarships and awards through its partnerships with corporations, organizations, foundations and individual donors. Visit the SME Education Foundation at Follow @mfgeducation on Twitter or

About SME
SME connects all those who are passionate about making things that improve our world. As a nonprofit organization, SME has served practitioners, companies, educators, government and communities across the manufacturing spectrum for more than 80 years. Through its strategic areas of events, media, membership, training and development, and the SME Education Foundation, SME is uniquely dedicated to the advancement of manufacturing by addressing both knowledge and skills needed for the industry. Follow @SME_MFG on Twitter or

About Alcoa Foundation
Alcoa Foundation is one of the largest corporate foundations in the United States, with assets of approximately $480 million. Founded 63 years ago, Alcoa Foundation has invested more than $615 million. In 2014, Alcoa Foundation contributed more than $22 million to nonprofit organizations throughout the world, building innovative partnerships to improve the environment and educate tomorrow's leaders for careers in manufacturing and engineering. The work of Alcoa Foundation is further enhanced by Alcoa's thousands of employee volunteers who share their talents and time to make a difference in the communities where Alcoa operates. Through the company's signature Month of Service program, in 2014, 58 percent of Alcoa employees took part in more than 1,000 events across 24 countries, benefiting more than 700,000 people and 500 nonprofit organizations. For more information, visit

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