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“What’s So Cool About Manufacturing” sponsors continue support for 10th annual contest


Celebrating 10 years in the Lehigh Valley, the “What’s So Cool About Manufacturing” Student Video Contest welcomes 33 manufacturers and middle school teams from Carbon, Lehigh, Monroe, and Northampton counties.

Since its inception, this local contest format, created by Manufacturers Resource Center (MRC) in the Lehigh Valley, has been replicated by 16 regional contests, and adopted by stakeholders in 11 additional states. Top state officials like former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf have recognized the program, and dozens of sponsors continue to support “What’s So Cool,” making it possible year after year.

The program’s goal is to increase students’ awareness of STEM and manufacturing career paths by showcasing “What’s So Cool” about today’s technology, career opportunities, and working in Pennsylvania through two-minute videos produced by each student team.

All videos will be posted on the “What’s So Cool” website and will be open to the public for voting March 1-3, for the Viewers Choice Award. The contest was created to generate excitement that draws students toward considering manufacturing career paths to create a 21st century workforce.

The What’s So Cool About Manufacturing 10th anniversary Lehigh Valley Awards Show at ArtsQuest in Bethlehem will be broadcast live on WFMZ-TV on Tuesday, March 14, and made possible through Air Products, Workforce Board Lehigh Valley, and WFMZ.

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