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Lehigh Valley What’s So Cool Voting Begins March 1-3, 2023


Voting to begin for ‘What’s So Cool About Manufacturing’ student video contest
Stacy Wescoe

February 23, 2023 9:09 am

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Students participate in a statewide ’What’s So Cool About Manufacturing?’ contest. PHOTO/SUMBITTED –

It’s that time of the year again. 

Voting will soon begin for the 10th annual What’s So Cool About Manufacturing student video contest. 

Organized by the Manufacturers Resource Center of the Lehigh Valley, student teams from 33 Lehigh Valley area middle schools compete for the most votes to win the coveted “Viewers Choice Award.”  

They have been working with regional manufacturers to learn what they do and then produce a video explaining “What’s So Cool About Manufacturing” at their partner company. 

The videos will also be reviewed by a panel of judges for awards in ten other categories, including Outstanding Career Pathway, Outstanding Editing and Outstanding Creativity. 

Since its inception, the What’s So Cool About Manufacturing Student Video Contest format, created by Manufacturers Resource Center here in the Lehigh Valley, has been replicated by sixteen regional contests, and adopted by stakeholders in 11 additional states. 

Online voting will begin Wednesday March 1, 12:01 a.m. and remain open until Friday, March 3, 11:59 p.m. at 

Voting is open to contest participants and the public, who may vote for more than one video and as often as they wish. The winner will be announced during this year’s awards event on March 14 at 7 p.m. 

“We are thrilled to celebrate the 10th year of What’s So Cool with the Lehigh Valley community at our annual awards event,” says Rich Hobbs, MRC president & CEO. “While we anticipate a record-breaking voting response, what we love seeing most is the hard work and collaboration between the students, teachers and manufacturers, as well as the impact of sharing their message about manufacturing opportunities right here in our region.” 

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Writer Stacy Wescoe has her finger on the pulse of the business community in the Greater Lehigh Valley and keeps you up-to-date with technology and trends, plus what coworkers and competitors are talking about around the water cooler — and on social media. She can be reached at or 610-807-9619, ext. 4104. Follow her on Twitter and on Facebook.