Aaron Pearson
Vice President of Public Relations

How can you teach students the skills need they may need for the future workforce while engaging them in fun activities? Studies show there is a widening gap between additive manufacturing (AM) skillsets needed on the job and the number of workers who can apply them. As 3D printing becomes more common, an emphasis on student-focused events is crucial to educate the future workforce on new technologies.

SkillsUSA is an organization that teaches students from middle school to college the value of hard work, dedication and collaboration. SkillsUSA advocates for student education within the 3D printing industry, helping to minimize the skills gap. The organization includes over 350,000 members from across the country who are passionate about networking with others while refining their trade, technical and leadership skills. At the SkillsUSA TECHSPO event and trade show, hosted  in Louisville, KY, on June 26th through the 28th, is an event Stratasys has sponsored for the last XX years, students are able to practice their creativity by competing in challenges within different AM centered industries.  In addition to TECHSPO, over 6,000 students who have competed in SkillsUSA competitions at the state level will be taking part in the SkillsUSA National Leadership Skills Conference . The students will get the chance to learn from professionals through hands-on experiences.

Each year, Stratasys engineers present a new contest for those students who qualify to compete in the 3D printing competition. To keep the contest fun, exciting, and fair, the guidelines are not presented until the beginning of the competition. The creativity and dedication of the contestants show the students’ passion to learn more about additive manufacturing concepts and techniques.

Additionally, during this year's contest, Stratasys will be showcasing the Continuous Build 3D Demonstrator, which produces high-volume and high-quality parts with speed and efficiency. Live demos will be held at the event beginning at 12:30pm on June 26th - 28th. If you are interested in attending a demonstrations at SkillsUSA, please sign up here.