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 2022 CONTESTS

Berks Schuylkill Contest
BERKS SCHUYLKILL

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

Central Susquehanna Contest
CENTRAL SUSQUEHANNA

Contest Managers: Colleen Epler-Ruths, CSIU, 570.523.1155, Ext. 2206
Jeff Emanuel, Columbia Montour Chamber, 570.784.2522
Rebecca Gibboney, BLaST Intermediate Unit, 570.323.8561, Ext. 1081
Lauri Moon, Innovative Manufacturers’ Center, 570.329.3200, Ext. 8085
Alexa Hann, Advance Central PA, 570.568.6868

Chester Delaware Contest
CHESTER DELAWARE

Contest Manager: Tracey Oberholtzer, Chester County Economic Development Council (CCEDC), 610.321.8242

Lehigh Valley Contest
LEHIGH VALLEY

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

North Central PA Contest
NORTH CENTRAL PA

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

Philadelphia Contest
PHILADELPHIA REGION

Contest Manager: Gary Hines
215.954.8309

Pittsburgh North Contest
PITTSBURGH

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

SOUTH CENTRAL PA

Contest Manager: Leigh Ann Wilson, MANTEC, 717.843.5054