Middle-School Students Learn What’s So Cool About Manufacturing Through CCEDC’s Video Competition

Ken Knickerbocker
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Student teams from 16 schools across Chester County and Delaware County competed in the What’s So Cool About Manufacturing video contest through the Manufacturing Alliance of Chester and Delaware Counties. They’re pictured together on the staircase at PSU Great Valley moments before the Awards Ceremony Wednesday night.

With the state and national focus on reviving the manufacturing industry in America, students from 16 middle schools in Chester County and Delaware County endeavored to win a video competition – “What’s So Cool About Manufacturing?” – dedicated to changing outdated perceptions about advanced manufacturing careers.

The student team from Springton Lake Middle School won the Outstanding Overall Video Award for their video on manufacturer Braskem USA.

The contest paired teams of students with local manufacturers.

The teams then created a two-minute video profile of what the manufacturers produce and how they make their products, all with the goal to generate awareness of what an advanced manufacturing career looks like to a tech-savvy generation.

Videos were reviewed by a panel of judges for awards. Also, a “Viewers’ Choice” category was open to the public and resulted in more than 47,000 votes.

The student team from Owen J. Roberts Middle School won the Viewers’ Choice Award for their video with manufacturer ONExia, Inc.

Supported by the Office of Gov. Tom Wolf and presented by The Manufacturing Alliance of Chester & Delaware Counties, the following schools, with their manufacturing partner in parentheses, were announced as winners at a recent awards ceremony at Penn State Great Valley:

  • Outstanding Overall Video Award – Springton Lake Middle School (Braskem USA)
  • Viewers’ Choice Award – Owen J. Roberts Middle School (ONExia Inc.)
  • Outstanding Team Spirit – Garnet Valley Middle School (Alan McIlvain Company)
  • Outstanding Creativity – Downingtown Middle School (Lasko Products Inc.)
  • Outstanding Manufacturing Message – J.R. Fugett Middle School (Neilsen-Kellerman Company)
  • Outstanding Editing – Phoenixville Area Middle School (USSC Group Inc.)
  • Outstanding Videography – Delaware County Christian School (New Way Air Bearings)
  • Outstanding Outreach Plan – Northley Middle School (MOOG Inc.)

A 2018 skills gap study from the National Association of Manufacturers predicted that as many as 2.4 million manufacturing jobs in the U.S. will be unfilled by 2028.

Overview of auditorium during the Awards Ceremony for the What’s So Cool About Manufacturing video contest through the Manufacturing Alliance of Chester and Delaware Counties.

So great is the concern over a shortage of manufacturing workers in Pennsylvania that Gov. Wolf’s current budget proposal calls for an additional $4 million to help train workers.

The Manufacturing Alliance of Chester & Delaware Counties is an initiative of the Chester County Economic Development Council and Delaware County Community College and is funded in part by the private sector with grant funding from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry through the Chester County Workforce Development Board (WDB).

Click here to view all of the videos submitted in the “What’s So Cool About Manufacturing?” competition.

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