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 Northwest 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 Erie and Crawford 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 Northwest Contest Videos (Voting March 16-19)

Click below to download WSCM Lesson Plan

WSCM 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 16-19) and other judged award categories. In lieu of an in-person awards event, a online virtual production is now being planned.

Fourteen schools in the Northwest Contest (Erie and Crawford 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 Northwest contest).

Participating Schools and their Feature Manufacturer include:

Blessed Sacrament School (GeorgeKo Industries)
Cambridge Springs Jr/Sr High School (Meadville Forging Company/MFC Group)
Cochranton Jr/Sr High School (Acutec Precision Aerospace)
Corry Area Middle School (Great Lakes Manufacturing)
Erie First Christian Academy (Composiflex)
Maplewood Jr/Sr High School (Area Tool & Manufacturing)
Meadville Area Middle School (Mecal by Starn)
North East Middle School (McInnes Rolled Rings)
Rice Avenue Middle School (Micro Mold & Plastikos)
Saegertown Jr/Sr High School (Peter’s Heat Treating)
St Gregory’s Parish School (Electric Materials)
Union City Area Middle School (Corry Manufacturing)
Walnut Creek Middle School (Beaumont Technologies)
Wilson Middle School (American Turned Products)

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