Chester County Students Shine in “What’s So Cool About Manufacturing?” Video Contest

Outstanding Overall Video – Coatesville Intermediate High School’s profile of Bender Inc.Students from Chester County and Delaware County were awarded Wednesday evening for producing creative videos showcasing local manufacturers in the student video competition What’s So Cool About Manufacturing? The 2024 award for Outstanding Overall Video went to Coatesville Intermediate High School’s profile of Bender Inc.

EXTON, PA — In an impressive display of creativity and insight, middle school students from Chester and Delaware Counties have taken the spotlight with their innovative video presentations about local manufacturing careers. The annual “What’s So Cool About Manufacturing?” student video contest celebrated its latest batch of young talent during a glamorous red carpet awards ceremony held on April 10th at Penn State Great Valley in Malvern, PA.

With a record-breaking 19,000 public votes and evaluations from a distinguished panel of judges, the event underscored the remarkable interest and enthusiasm surrounding manufacturing careers among the younger generation. This year, students from nine middle schools embarked on a journey to explore the world of manufacturing by partnering with local companies. Their mission? To produce compelling two-minute video profiles that delve into the processes, products, and people behind the scenes of technology-driven manufacturing environments.

The contest, organized by the Manufacturing Alliance of Chester & Delaware Counties (MACC/DC) under the Chester County Economic Development Council (CCEDC), drew in more than 250 attendees who came together to applaud the winners and participants for their outstanding contributions:

  • Outstanding Overall Video: Coatesville Intermediate High School took home this top honor with their engaging profile of Bender Inc.
  • Viewer’s Choice Award: Octorara Junior High School won the hearts of the public with their insightful look into Aerzen USA.
Viewer’s Choice Award – Octorara Junior High School’s profile of Aerzen USA
More than 19,000 votes were cast online for the Viewer’s Choice Award in the 2024 What’s So Cool About Manufacturing? student video contest, with Octorara Junior High School’s video profile of Aerzen USA being chosen as the winner.

The celebration didn’t stop there, as several schools received accolades for their exceptional skills in editing, creativity, videography, outreach, and conveying the manufacturing message. Among the notable mentions were Great Valley Middle School, Renaissance Academy Charter School, Delaware County Christian School, Penn’s Grove Middle School, and Phoenixville Middle School, each recognized for their excellence in various categories.

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“What’s So Cool About Manufacturing?” is more than just a contest; it’s a vital educational initiative that offers students a rare glimpse into the diverse and dynamic world of manufacturing. By interacting directly with industry professionals—from executives to technicians—students gain invaluable insights into the problem-solving, teamwork, and communication skills that are essential in today’s manufacturing sector.

Patti Van Cleave, Vice President of Workforce Development and STEM at CCEDC, highlighted the program’s significance, stating, “This program introduces kids to the problem-solving, teamwork, and communication skills utilized in the manufacturing industry in addition to the technical skills and gets them excited about exploring future careers in this sector.”

The event was supported by generous sponsors, including Platinum Sponsors CCRES Educational and Behavioral Health Services and the Chester County Workforce Development Board, along with Gold Sponsors Delaware County Community College, JGM Inc., and Meridian Bank.

For those eager to witness the creativity and hard work of these young filmmakers, all contest videos are available for viewing on the What’s So Cool About Manufacturing? website. This initiative not only celebrates the talents of local students but also shines a light on the exciting and rewarding career opportunities available in the manufacturing industry, inspiring the next generation of innovators and problem-solvers.

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