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 nearly 200 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 PBS39 Lehigh Valley in Bethlehem, PA. There were 12 regional contests held in Pennsylvania during the 2017-2018 school year. These contests involved students from 39 of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties – a combined area that represents more than 9 million of the state’s 12.7 million residents. The contest format also has been adopted by groups in 11 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.

REGIONAL CONTESTS

Berks Schuylkill Contest

BERKS SCHUYLKILL

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

Lehigh Valley Contest

LEHIGH VALLEY

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

Northwest PA Contest

NORTHWEST PA

Contest Manager: Laurie Knoll
Northwestern Pennsylvania Industrial Resource Center, Erie, PA
814.898.6955

Pittsburgh East Contest

PITTSBURGH EAST

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

Central PA Contest

CENTRAL PA

Contest Manager: Jason Fink
Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce, Williamsport, PA
570.320.4213

NORTH CENTRAL PA

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

Philadelphia Contest

PHILADELPHIA

Contest Manager: Bow Lewis
Manufacturing Alliance of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA
215.948.9285

Pittsburgh South Contest

PITTSBURGH SOUTH

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

Chester Delaware Contest

CHESTER DELAWARE

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

Northeast PA Contest

NORTHEAST PA

Contest Manager: Bill Schoen
Northeastern Pennsylvania Industrial Resource Center, Hanover Township, PA
570.840.8265

Pittsburgh Central Contest

PITTSBURGH CENTRAL

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