Featured Image

Watch Them Soar

Rockets require immense power. Known as Impulse, the FIRST Robotics Team at the STEM School Highlands Ranch near Denver, Colorado, views themselves as a rocket. AMT is proud to fuel their explorations through its Miles For Manufacturing 5K.
Dec 13, 2021

Rockets require immense power. Known as Impulse, the FIRST Robotics Team at the STEM School Highlands Ranch near Denver, Colorado, views themselves as a rocket. AMT – The Association for Manufacturing Technology is proud to fuel their explorations. 

AMT recently donated $5,000 to Impulse to cover the ongoing costs of competing in the prestigious robotics league, including travel, materials, and registration fees. FIRST Robotics is the world’s leading youth-serving nonprofit advancing STEM education. FIRST teams build functioning robots to complete specific real-world challenges. 

The donation is part of AMT’s ongoing Miles For Manufacturing (M4M) fundraising efforts. M4M brings together manufacturing leaders for fun 5K run/walk events throughout the country, holding it in tandem with signature AMT events, including the industry’s largest trade show, IMTS – The International Manufacturing Technology Show. AMT donates 100% of the 5K proceeds to schools. Now in its eighth year, M4M has donated more than $125,000 to STEM programs across the United States. 

“AMT Smartforce Development uses the Miles For Manufacturing 5K event at IMTS to support STEM schools, career and technical education (CTE) programs, FIRST robotics teams, and community-based organizations that champion underserved, underrepresented students in the Chicago area,” explained Greg Jones, vice president, Smartforce Development. “When AMT holds a Miles For Manufacturing 5K event in other cities around the country, we seek out programs that are deserving and have a funding need that we can help fill.”   

The teens who make up the Impulse team are long-time FIRST participants, and their skills and abilities continue to evolve with each competition. Viewing themselves as a rocket – an intricate piece of machinery that has tons of moving parts and requires extensive collaboration to get off the ground – helps keep the team focused. We look forward to watching them soar.

The M4M donation to FIRST Robotics Team 1488 was made possible by Diamond-level sponsor Denmark and Race-level sponsors Royal ProductsBIG KAISERFestoSME, and Metrix. The M4M program is supported by AMTAerospace Manufacturing and Design magazine, Today’s Medical Developments magazine, and Today’s Motor Vehicles magazine. Learn more about M4M

Catherine “Cat” Ross
Director of Smartforce Development
Recent smartforce News
By walking, running, and biking in the Miles for Manufacturing 5K, leaders at The MFG Meeting 2023 raised more than $17,500 to fuel the future of manufacturing education.
In the face of adversity, remarkable stories of positive and powerful change often emerge. IMTS+ presents the inspiring journey of Andrew Crowe, the founder of The New American Manufacturing Renaissance, in Season Three of “Profiles in Manufacturing,” ...
AMT recently hosted our first-ever Tech Invitational competition at our McLean, Virginia, headquarters. If you’re interested in checking out your community’s local talent, consider hosting an event like this with your local FIRST or other STEM programs.
A small decision makes a huge impact. To help a customer out, KERN Precision swapped out an existing micro milling machine after delivery of a new unit and donated it to Laney College – increasing their applicant pool of talented machinists.
FIRST Robotics teams inspire future science and technology leaders while building practical skills. AMT was proud to host its first ever Tech Invitational competition for the teams. Learn how you can get involved.
Similar News
By Michelle Edmonson, CEM | Sep 25, 2023

Buckle up and join Max and Travis Egan as they talk about the thrills of visiting innovative automotive companies in the premiere of the third season of “Manufacturing Explorers,” an IMTS+ Original Series.

4 min
By Peter R. Eelman | Sep 28, 2023

The industry has witnessed remarkable advancements empowering manufacturers to think differently and create unprecedented solutions.

6 min
By Stephen LaMarca | Sep 25, 2023

This season, “Road Trippin’ with Steve” stopped in at LIFT, the Detroit-based Department of Defense manufacturing innovation institute. Steve aced his first-ever welding test and learned how LIFT is developing both new materials and manufacturing talent.

5 min