The Northwest Contest of What’s So Cool About Manufacturing (WSCM) for middle schools in Erie and Crawford Counties has wrapped up… now that the virtual Awards Event has premiered on YouTube. Since the in-person awards event needed to be canceled due to COVID-19, the winners were announced during a video which premiered on YouTube on April 20th. You can still watch the event at:

And the winners are….

Outstanding Overall Program: Meadville Area Middle School (Mecal by Starn)
Outstanding Career Pathway: Maplewood Jr/Sr High School (Area Tool and Manufacturing)
Outstanding Creativity: Blessed Sacrament School (GeorgeKo Industries)
Outstanding Cool: Walnut Creek Middle School (Beaumont Technologies)
Outstanding Videography: Erie First Christian Academy (Composiflex)
Outstanding Editing: North East Middle School (McInnes Rolled Rings)
Outstanding Team Spirit: Cochranton Jr/Sr High School (Acutec Precision Aerospace)
Outstanding Marketing: Erie First Christian Academy (Composiflex)
Viewers Choice: Meadville Area Middle School (Mecal by Starn) – selected via online voting

Meadville Area Middle School, as the Outstanding Overall Program winner, will represent the Northwest Contest at the statewide competition which will occur as a virtual event in June. More details on that to come.

NWIRC was again the coordinator for the program, along with numerous community partners and sponsors. 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, conducted research, did filming at the company, and edited their video for final submission. Fourteen schools in Erie and Crawford Counties were paired with a manufacturer partner. The videos are still available for viewing at (look for Northwest contest).