Who knew manufacturing could be so cool? Thanks to DVIRC’s “What’s So Cool About Manufacturing?” Contest, hundreds of students from Philadelphia area middle schools now know!
On April 8th, 2019, students, parents, educators, manufacturing leaders, community sponsors, local legislators, and project partners will gather at the Oaks Convention Center for an awards ceremony where students will receive awards for the best student-developed videos exploring manufacturing in the Philadelphia region. The “What’s So Cool About Manufacturing?” contest gives middle-school students from schools in Bucks, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties the opportunity to learn about local manufacturers by visiting them to produce a documentary video that they can then present to students across the region in an educational and “cool” way.
We need your vote! Student video submissions are now posted on the “What’s So Cool About Manufacturing?” website, and from March 20-22, the public can vote for their favorite submissions.
This year, 26 teams from middle schools partnered with host manufacturers, and under the supervision of a teacher coach, toured the host manufacturer’s facility to document employee interviews and explore the company’s products and processes through the lens of a GoPro camera. They later edited their footage and translated what they found to be “cool” about that company into a short video. The public can then cast online “votes” for their favorite video. The grand winner will be awarded the Viewer’s Choice Award.
At the April 8th award ceremony, judges will determine winning videos in a variety of other categories, including Outstanding Overall Program, Videography, Creativity, Educational Value, Career Pathway, and more. Participating schools and manufacturers include: