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Polls Open for Lehigh Valley Student Video Contest


Public Voting Begins for “What’s So Cool About Manufacturing?” Campaign

Polls Open for Lehigh Valley Manufacturing Student Video Contest


February 21, 2017

Kim Plyler


Lehigh Valley, PA – Tuesday February 21, 2017– Public voting for the fourth annual “What’s So Cool About Manufacturing?” Student Video Contest will open Wednesday, February 22, 12:01AM to Friday, February 24, 11:59PM at the Dream It. Do It. Pennsylvania website,

The video with the most votes will receive the “Viewer’s Choice Award.” The videos will also be reviewed by a panel of judges for awards in other categories such as Outstanding Educational Value and Outstanding Creativity.  The contest has received over 100,000 votes during the three-day voting period in each of its first three years.

Presented by the Manufacturers Resource Center (MRC) and partnering with PBS39, the “What’s So Cool About Manufacturing?” video contest gave students in Lehigh, Northampton, Carbon, Monroe and Bucks Counties the opportunity to connect directly with local manufacturers, document their experiences and present them in an educational and “cool” way. The contest was created to generate excitement that draws students towards manufacturing career paths.

“The students and teachers have been working since November meeting with manufactures and filming and editing their videos.” Says Karen Buck, Manager of Workforce Initiatives at Manufacturers Resource Center. “We encourage everyone to view the videos and vote. This project was designed to raise awareness of different manufacturing career opportunities in an exciting way for our students!”

Principal Corporate Team members include MRC, PBS39, DaVinci Science Center and Sahl Communications, Inc.

Educational videos, materials and training, project and other costs were provided through community sponsorship. Platinum and Gold Sponsors this year include: Platinum Sponsor; Lehigh Valley Workforce Development Board. Gold Sponsors; Aerotek, Air Products, ATAS International, B Braun Medical, Inc., Bracalente Manufacturing Group, Crayola LLC, ‘King, Spry, Herman, Freund, & Faul LLC’, Mack Trucks, Inc., Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc, PATH, PPL Electric Utilities, PBS39, PNC Bank, Sahl Communications, Inc, and Stanley Black & Decker.

For more information regarding the “What’s So Cool About Manufacturing?” Video Contest and Dream It. Do It. Pennsylvania, please visit and


About “What’s So Cool About Manufacturing”:

“What’s So Cool About Manufacturing” (WSCM) is a manufacturing video contest for middle school students developed by the Manufacturers Resource Center (MRC) and shared through the Dream It. Do It. Pennsylvania platform. WSCMLV is a partnership directed by MRC in Allentown, Pa and is dedicated to changing perceptions and attitudes in the Keystone State about advanced manufacturing careers. This year’s Lehigh Valley contest includes 31 teams representing 23 school districts from Carbon, Lehigh, and Northampton Counties and pilot teams from Monroe and Bucks Counties.

About Dream It. Do It. Pennsylvania:

Dream It. Do It. Pennsylvania is the public brand and platform for the Lehigh Valley Skill Up project. Dream It. Do It. is a national grassroots initiative by The Manufacturing Institute in Washington, D.C. Its purpose is to give community groups access to a national platform that promotes manufacturing careers. Groups in 33 American states have joined the Dream It. Do It. campaign. The Lehigh Valley Skill Up Partnership is the first group in Pennsylvania to participate. The Lehigh Valley Skill Up website at includes useful information and resources for students, parents, educators, and manufacturers.

About Manufacturers Resource Center:

The Manufacturers Resource Center (MRC) is dedicated to creating jobs and economic opportunity in eastern Pennsylvania’s Berks, Carbon, Lehigh, Northampton, and Schuylkill counties. MRC is a nonprofit organization partially funded by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s NIST-MEP program, as well as the State of Pennsylvania’s Department of Community and Economic Development.