Eleven Schools from Chester County, Delaware County Participate in “What’s So Cool About Manufacturing?” Video Contest

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EXTON, PA — The manufacturing industry in Chester and Delaware Counties was the focus Wednesday evening as several local manufacturers were featured in the “What’s So Cool About Manufacturing?” student video contest.

Over the past year, local students from eleven area middle schools teamed up with area manufacturers to create 2-minute video profiles that feature what the manufacturers produce, how they make their products, and how working in a technology-driven environment can be a rewarding career. Videos were reviewed by a panel of judges and the public cast more than 10,000 votes for the Viewer’s Choice Award during three days of online voting.

“What’s So Cool About Manufacturing? helps students not only learn about these careers, but also provides opportunities for students to explore them outside of the classroom, and gain necessary workplace readiness skills to prepare them for future internships and employment,” said Patti Van Cleave, Vice President of Workforce Development and STEM at the Chester County Economic Development Council (CCEDC).

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Garnet Valley Middle School
Garnet Valley Middle School

Organized by CCEDC’s Manufacturing Alliance of Chester & Delaware Counties (MACC/DC), the annual awards ceremony and manufacturing expo was held on Tuesday, April 6 at Penn State Great Valley.  More than 200 people attended the event where the following winning schools and videos were announced:

  • Outstanding Overall Video – Garnet Valley Middle School’s profile of New Way Air Bearings
  • Viewer’s Choice Award – Penn’s Grove Middle School’s profile of R-V Industries, Inc.
Penn’s Grove Middle School
Penn’s Grove Middle School

The following schools and manufacturers were also recognized for excellence:

  • Avon Grove Charter School’s profile CPV
  • Delaware County Christian School’s profile of Onexia, Inc.
  • Octorara Junior High School’s profile JGM
  • Springton Lake Middle School – Team Gold’s profile of United Safety & Survivability Company
  • Springton Lake Middle School – Team Red’s profile of Bender

Other student/manufacturer pairings included Collegium Charter School with Idemia Augmented Identity, Great Valley Middle School with Loparex, Owen J. Roberts Middle School with ifm Prover, and Phoenixville Middle School with Omega Design Corporation.

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“What’s So Cool About Manufacturing?” student
“What’s So Cool About Manufacturing?” Students

Sponsors of the “What’s So Cool About Manufacturing?” student video competition and awards ceremony include CCRES Educational & Behavioral Health Services as Platinum Sponsor; Delaware County Community College and RETTEW as Gold Sponsors; Aerzen, ifm Prover, Kreischer Miller, and Malvern Bank as Silver Sponsors; Penn State Great Valley as Event Venue Sponsor; with Red Carpets donated by Healthmats.com; and the Chester County Intermediate Unit and Chester County Technical College High School as Special Contributors.

All videos can be found at the “What’s So Cool About Manufacturing?” website at https://www.whatssocool.org/contests/chester-delaware/.

For more information about CCEDC’s youth programming, including summer career camps, go to https://steminnovationpa.org/.

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