For those of you looking for a fun and educational activity for your kids at home during the COVID-19 school closings…. have them think about What’s So Cool About Manufacturing (WSCM)!

Here is a Lesson Plan to prompt them to think about various aspects as they are watching the West Central team’s videos…such as: What products are the companies making? What jobs/careers are they identifying?, and What training/skills would be needed? This lesson plan can be used for many different ages and there are lots of fun videos to watch produced by 7th and 8th grade students at local schools in Mercer County. They are in a competition, so be sure to also vote for Viewers’ Choice! Click below to see the videos:

Click to view WSCM West Central Contest Videos (Voting March 23-26)

Click below to download WSCM Lesson Plan


The What’s So Cool About Manufacturing (West Central) is a student video contest with the goal to create awareness within the schools and the community about cool manufacturing careers through the eyes of 7th and 8th grade students. The team, guided by their Teacher Coach, conducts research, films at the company, and edits their video for final submission to be eligible for several award categories, including Viewer’s Choice selected by online voting. The program started with Teacher Coach training back in October and culminates with an online voting period for Viewers’ Choice this week (March 23-26) and other judged award categories. In lieu of an in-person awards event, a online virtual production is now being planned.

Five schools in the West Central (Mercer County), paired with a manufacturer partner are competing this year. The community can get involved too by voting to select the Viewer’s Choice award winner at (look for West Central contest).

Participating Schools and their Feature Manufacturer include:

Greenville Jr/Sr High School (Hodge Foundry)
Hickory High School (Miller Industries)
Jamestown Jr/Sr High School (Select Metal Litho)
Lakeview Middle School (Technical Precision)
Mercer Area Middle/High School (Sharon Tube)
West Middlesex Jr/Sr High School (G.W. Becker)

Top winners among each of the regional contests will advance to the Statewide Awards which will a broadcast event in May.