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Miles for Manufacturing Fundraising Runs Through March 2021

Program funds community- based organizations that champion underrepresented, underserved students who participate in STEM and robotics programs in schools, as well as directly funding STEM and FIRST robotics programs.

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The Matsuura Machinery USA Inc. M4M Team in St. Paul, Minnesota.

The Matsuura Machinery USA Inc. M4M Team in St. Paul, Minnesota.

IMTS – The International Manufacturing Technology Show is continuing its virtual Miles For Manufacturing (M4M) fundraising event through March 2021. The event is designed to fund community-based organizations that champion underrepresented, underserved students who participate in STEM and robotics programs in schools, in addition to directly funding STEM and FIRST robotics programs.

Manufacturing companies, schools, families and friends from across the country are invited to participate in their community, whether they choose to walk, run, stroll, swim, hike or bike on treadmills, trails, roadways or waterways. The M4M effort encourages students to embark on an education and career pathway toward manufacturing.

The first Miles for Manufacturing 5K run took place in 2014 at IMTS – The International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago. Since then, it has been held in Chicago and other places where AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology and IMTS hold key events and conferences. To date, M4M has raised more than $120,000. IMTS covers the costs of all the event activities and logistics so that 100% of the funds go directly to benefit students.

Greg Jones, vice president of Smartforce Development for AMT, is charged with selecting organizations and schools that qualify for funding from M4M. In past years, AMT has donated cash where it’s needed; 3D printers produced by MakerGear; and Bionics4Education Robotics kits produced by Festo.

“This year, we asked schools to apply for cash to fund specific needs, such as technology for their classrooms or to help with building their robots, ensuring students could compete locally, in their state or region and ultimately in national robotics competitions,” Jones says. “This year, more than ever, we wanted to ensure that students could continue to explore their passions in STEM and robotics, especially as students were learning from home, making working together with their teams more challenging.”

For more information and to register, visit imts.com/spark/5KRun.html.