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)!

Voting is now open for the student videos for the Forest Oil Region contest. Here is a Lesson Plan to prompt thinking about various aspects as they are watching the 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 regional schools. This is a competition, so be sure to also vote for Viewers’ Choice! Click below to see the videos:

Click to view WSCM Forest Oil Region Contest Videos (Voting March 30-April 2)

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 30-April 2) and other judged award categories. In lieu of an in-person awards event, a online virtual production is now being planned.

Eight schools in the Forest Oil Region contest (Warren, Venango, Forest, Clarion), 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 Forest Oil Region contest).

Participating Schools and their Feature Manufacturer include:

Christian Life Academy (Webco Industries)
Cranberry Jr/Sr High School (Specialty Fabrication and Powder Coating)
Eisenhower Middle School (Betts Industries)
East Forest Jr/Sr High School (Kahle’s Kitchens)
Oil City Area Middle School (Matric Group)
Rocky Grove Jr/Sr High School (Franklin Industries)
Titusville Middle School (Roser Technologies)
West Forest Jr/Sr High School (Care Mate Trailers)

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