The Manufacturers Resource Center has announced the winners of this year’s “What’s So Cool About Manufacturing” Lehigh Valley Student Video Contest awards.
A total of 33 middle schools and manufacturers from Carbon, Lehigh, Monroe, and Northampton counties partnered to create videos that answer the question “What’s So Cool About Manufacturing.”
More than1,000 people attended the awards event Tuesday at the ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks in Bethlehem.
Over a three-day voting period, the contest, which featured two-minute videos produced by each student team, received 339,663 votes.
The video with the most votes received the “Viewers Choice Award.”
The winner was J.T. Lambert Intermediate School, which profiled Ultra-Poly Corp.
Student videos were also reviewed by a panel of judges for awards in ten other categories, including Outstanding Videography and Outstanding Creativity.
The Outstanding Overall Program award went to Lower Macungie Middle School, which profiled B. Braun Medical Inc.
This was the tenth year for the program, which began in the Lehigh Valley and has since expanded throughout the state.
“Ten years ago, we started work on What’s So Cool about Manufacturing. We hoped to engage and inspire Lehigh Valley students, but could not have imagined that millions would be interested in middle school videos of manufacturing facilities,” says Karen Buck, director of Workforce Initiatives at MRC. “The community has come to expect the information about careers and technology the student teams so diligently spotlight in their educational and creative media messages. We applaud the efforts of the 33 student teams who raised awareness about cool career opportunities and broke all previous voting records.”
Other winners were:
Outstanding Editing: Springhouse Middle School – BlueTriton Brands
Outstanding Creativity: Bangor Area Middle School – Victaulic Company
Outstanding Cool: East Hills Middle School – ProtoCAM
Outstanding Team Spirit: Orefield Middle School – Precision Roll Grinders
Outstanding Educational Value: Nitschmann Middle School – ABEC
Outstanding Videography: Northeast Middle School – Stanley Black & Decker
Outstanding Outreach Plan: Saucon Valley Middle School – Kitchen Magic
Outstanding Career Pathway: Trexler Middle School – Lutron Electronics Co., Inc.
Outstanding CTE Story: J.T. Lambert Intermediate School – Ultra-Poly Corporation