As the What’s So Cool About Manufacturing (WSCM) student teams work on their videos, it’s time for teachers, family, friends, and company employees to get connected. Get contest updates on Facebook and Twitter @wscmnw….and mark your calendar for Viewer’s Choice online voting which will happen on February 26-28 at The team with the most votes will win “Viewers Choice”. Five other award categories will be judged by video experts. The other categories include:

  • Outstanding Overall Program
  • Outstanding Editing
  • Outstanding Creativity
  • Outstanding Cool
  • Outstanding Marketing

The goal of the WSCM student video contest is to introduce 7th and 8th grade students to cool manufacturing careers. The Student Video Contest features images of today’s manufacturing environments and career choices through the eyes of middle school students by doing company research and creating company profile videos via a school team consisting of a teacher coach and 5-6 students. The competition culminates with a 3-day online voting period for school videos, judging for other award categories, and an Awards Gala on March 8, 2018.

Participating schools (and manufacturer partner) include: City of Erie (Smith Provision), Fairview Middle School (American Turned Products), Ft LeBoeuf Middle School (LORD Corporation), Harbor Creek Junior High School (Port Erie Plastics), Iroquois Junior High School (McInnes Rolled Rings), JS Wilson Middle School (Rehrig Pacific Company), North East Middle School (Seaway Manufacturing), RB Wiley Charter School (Onex, Inc), Saint Jude School (Industrial Sales and Manufacturing), Walnut Creek Middle School (Finish Thompson), Corry Middle School (Viking Plastics) and Westlake Middle School (Matrix Tool).

In addition to the ‘featured manufacturer’ sponsors mentioned above, the program in Erie County is supported by WQLN; Career Street; Merrill Lynch; Erie County Technical School; Marquette Savings Bank; Haines Printing; Lillis, McKibben, Bongiovanni & Co; NEFF; and McGill Power Bell.

Click here during February 26-28 to view and vote for the Viewer’s Choice!  

Countdown to Voting:

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Here are just a few pictures from the students working on their production: