“What’s So Cool About Manufacturing?” (WSCM) is proud to announce the award recipients for the third annual “Best of PA” Statewide Awards Event. The awards show was streamed live on YouTube and featured the winning selections from the 22 teams competing for first, second and third place awards. The awards event video can still be viewed at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QGfu_qw7oJ0&feature=youtu.be 

A five judge panel, representing eastern, central and western Pennsylvania, viewed 22 contestant entries, representing 13 regional contests across Pennsylvania and a total of 200 student videos, to select the statewide award recipients.

This year’s awards are as follows:

First Place: Saint Clair Middle School – featuring Hydro

Second Place: Reading Southern Middle School – featuring Novipax LLC

Third Place: Oil City Area Middle School – featuring Matric Group

Oil City Area Middle School was the Viewers’ Choice and Overall Program winner for the WSCM Forest Oil Region Contest and they advanced to the Best of PA competition. The Teacher Coach for the team was Brian Rondinelli.

Matric Group President/CEO, Richard Turner, during an interview with Olivia Vorse from the OCAMS Team.

“We’re really excited that the Oil City team placed third overall in the state and it was cool to see the award announcement given by the PA Secretary of Education, Pedro Rivera” said NWIRC Marketing Specialist, Laurie Knoll. Northwest Industrial Resource Center coordinated three regional contests this past year (Northwest, West Central, and Forest & Oil Region), but this  was the first year for the Forest & Oil Region contest that features schools and companies in Venango, Forest, Clarion, and Warren Counties.

The WSCM Student Video Contest gives students the opportunity to interact with local manufacturers as they gain new perspectives about careers and technology, record their experiences and present them in an educational and “cool” way through documentary video production. The “What’s So Cool About Manufacturing?” program includes a Pennsylvania Department of Education approved lesson plan that is in use across the Commonwealth. The contest was created to generate excitement that draws students toward considering manufacturing career paths to create a 21st century workforce. WSCM has garnered over 3,000,000 combined votes by the public during regional online voting dates since its inception in 2013, and more than 50% of Pennsylvania school districts have participated in the program.