Submitted by Laurie Knoll, NWIRC
The Northwest Contest of What’s So Cool About Manufacturing (WSCM) for middle schools in Erie and Crawford Counties is in full swing. 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 a 3-day online voting period for school videos (March 16-18) for other award categories, and an Awards Ceremony on March 26, 2020. Fifteen middle schools in 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 www.WhatsSoCool.org (look for Northwest contest).
NWIRC is producing the program again this year, along with support from Career Street, WQLN, NWPA Job Connect, Erie County Technical School, Crawford County Career and Technical Center (CCCTC) and Precision Machining Institute (PMI) Crawford County K-12 Career Education Alliance, Progress for Industry (PFI), NWPA-NTMA, Haines Printing, Edinboro University, Remedy Intelligent Staffing, and McGill Power Bell.
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)
Westlake Middle School (Modern Industries)
The WSCM student video contest was developed in 2014 by Lehigh Valley’s Manufacturers Resource Center (MRC) to help change perceptions of manufacturing careers. Last year, there were 15 WSCM contests throughout the Commonwealth with 239 schools paired with 239 manufacturers and there were 902,520 online votes case for Viewer’s Choice awards.
Top winners among each of the contests will advance to the Statewide Awards on April 29th in Harrisburg, PA.