Voting ends at 11:59 p.m. tonight, March 10, in a middle-school video contest designed to grow the manufacturing workforce of the future.
Middle-school teams, each sponsored by a local manufacturer, visited manufacturing plants, interviewed workers and officials, and made videos designed to answer that question: "What's So Cool about Manufacturing?". The teams have posted their videos online, and you can vote which is the best in several categories. The awards show, a middle-school version of the Oscars, will take place March 14 at Montgomery County Community College.
In this region, 14 middle schools in Philadelphia and surrounding counties participated. PTK Baler & Compactor, Rodon Group (K'nex), Philly Shipyard, and AgustaWestland were among the local firms that hosted student groups.
The idea is to reach young people when they are making high school decisions. In the Lehigh Valley, where the program got its start, enrollment in vocational technical high schools has increased.