ABOUT THE CONTESTS

The annual What’s So Cool About Manufacturing? video contests excite students to explore cool manufacturing careers and produce profiles of companies throughout Pennsylvania. Judges in each regional contest bestow a variety of awards, and each contest features an online vote at WhatsSoCool.org for its Viewers Choice Award.
 

 
Created by the Manufacturers Resource Center (MRC) in Allentown, PA in 2013, the What’s So Cool About Manufacturing? contests draw entries from teams across Pennsylvania. The teams of students and teacher coaches receive camera equipment, software, and professional guidance as they learn to script, record, and edit their video stories. The contest’s objective is to change students’ perceptions about manufacturing careers.

The What’s So Cool About Manufacturing? contests are supported regionally by their sponsors and partners. Production support is provided for several of the contests by eMediaWorks in Center Valley, PA, and additional partners. The contest format also has been adopted by groups in more than a dozen additional states.

CREATION OF THE CONTESTS

Funds to develop the contests were provided in 2013 by a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development’s “Discovered in PA, Developed in PA” program for an MRC project called Lehigh Valley Skill-Up. Original Skill-Up project partners were the MRC, Lehigh Career and Technical Institute (LCTI), the Lehigh Valley Workforce Development Board, and the Da Vinci Science Center.

PENNSYLVANIA CONTESTS

Berks Schuylkill Contest
BERKS SCHUYLKILL

Contest Manager: Karen Buck
Manufacturers Resource Center (MRC), Allentown, PA
610.628.4626
 
 

Central Susquehanna Contest
CENTRAL SUSQUEHANNA

Contest Managers: Tanya Dynda, Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit, Milton, PA, 570.523.1155, Ext. 2234
Lauri Moon, Innovative Manufacturers’ Center, Williamsport, PA, 570.329.3200, Ext. 8085

Chester Delaware Contest
CHESTER DELAWARE

Contest Manager: Patti VanCleave
Manufacturing Alliance of Chester and Delaware Counties, Exton, PA
610.321.8212

PA Forest and Oil Region Contest
PA FOREST & OIL REGION

Contest Manager: Laurie Knoll
Northwestern Pennsylvania Industrial Resource Center, Erie, PA
814.217.6066

Lehigh Valley Contest
LEHIGH VALLEY

Contest Manager: Karen Buck
Manufacturers Resource Center (MRC), Allentown, PA
610.628.4626

NORTH CENTRAL PA

Contest Manager: Pam Streich
North Central Workforce Development Board, Ridgway, PA
814.245.1835

Northeast PA Contest
NORTHEAST PA

Contest Manager: Angela Hensley
Northeastern Pennsylvania Industrial Resource Center, Hanover Township, PA
610.401.3236
 
 

Northern Tier PA Contest
NORTHERN TIER PA

Contest Managers: Frank Thompson
Northern Tier Regional Planning & Development Commission, Towanda, PA, 570.265.9103
Ethan Sexton
Northern Tier Regional Planning & Development Commission, Towanda, PA, 570.265.9103

Northwest PA Contest
NORTHWEST PA

Contest Manager: Laurie Knoll
Northwestern Pennsylvania Industrial Resource Center, Erie, PA
814.217.6066

Philadelphia Contest
PHILADELPHIA REGION

Contest Manager: Tony Girifalco
DVIRC, Philadelphia, PA
215.464.8550

Pittsburgh Central Contest
PITTSBURGH CENTRAL

Contest Manager: Scott Deitz
Catalyst Connection, Pittsburgh, PA
412.918.4227

Pittsburgh East Contest
PITTSBURGH EAST

Contest Manager: Scott Deitz
Catalyst Connection, Pittsburgh, PA
412.918.4227

Pittsburgh North Contest
PITTSBURGH NORTH

Contest Manager: Scott Deitz
Catalyst Connection, Pittsburgh, PA
412.918.4227

Pittsburgh South Contest
PITTSBURGH SOUTH

Contest Manager: Scott Deitz
Catalyst Connection, Pittsburgh, PA
412.918.4227

South Central PA Contest
SOUTH CENTRAL PA

Contest Manager: Leigh Ann Wilson
MANTEC, York, PA
717.843.5054

West Central PA Contest
WEST CENTRAL PA

Contest Manager: Laurie Knoll
Northwestern Pennsylvania Industrial Resource Center, Erie, PA
814.217.6066

Best of PA Contest
BEST OF PA

Contest Manager: Karen Buck
Manufacturers Resource Center (MRC), Allentown, PA
610.628.4626