Students Rebecca Martin, Momin Mohis, Robert Schweigel and Max Kallenberger at the International Manufacturing Technology Show
New Berlin Eisenhower senior Momin Mohis used to perceive manufacturing as a low-skilled career field.
Now he describes it as “innovative” and “revolutionary.”
Mohis’ view changed after he and fellow New Berlin FIRST Robotics team members got the chance to attend the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) last month in Chicago. More than 100,000 worldwide manufacturing professionals gathered at the event. It includes the Smartforce Student Summit where more than 17,000 students, teachers and school leaders across the United States learned about new opportunities for STEM-related careers in manufacturing.
IMTS made news as the world’s first 3D-printed electric car was printed, assembled and driven off during the 6-day convention.
“After seeing all the innovations not only in the product ideas - but the way that these products were created such as new 3D printers and plastic injection mold techniques – the event definitely created my newfound respect for the industry,” Mohis said.
Mohis attended with fellow New Berlin Blitz Robotics co-op team members Max Kallenberger, Rebecca Martin and Robert Schweigel and the team’s advisors, teachers Michael Krack and Devin McKinnon.
IMTS energized the students’ interest in STEM career fields, gave them new ideas for the Robotics team and helped them discover more specific career paths.
The New Berlin group was part of IMTS’ FIRST Robotics exhibit, where they demonstrated the techniques they used to build their basketball-shooting robot that won the FRC Regional Rookie All-Star Award. They also got the chance to walk around the SMART Summit and larger convention space.