PA Students Work with Manufacturers for ‘What’s So Cool’ Videos

SHARON, Pa. – Middle school students in Mercer and Lawrence counties are working with manufacturers in western Pennsylvania to film and produce videos about the industry as part of the What’s So Cool About Manufacturing program.

Since What’s So Cool started in October, seventh- and eighth-grade students in nine school districts have researching the companies, visiting work sites and interviewing workers with the help of a teacher. The final videos are eligible for several awards, including Viewer’s Choice.

Online viewing and voting will be held March 18 through 20 at An awards gala will be held at Penn State Shenango March 28.

Schools taking part in the program, along with their manufacturing partners are:

What’s So Cool About Manufacturing is a statewide initiative that last year featured 174 school teams participating in 12 contests. Throughout the program, some 600,000 votes were cast for Viewer’s Choice Award winners.

The western Pennsylvania contest, being held for the first time, is produced by Northwest Industrial Resource Center in Erie, with support from The Business Journal, Penn-Northwest Development Corp., West Central Job Partnership, Western Reserve Public Media, Penn State Shenango and SCP Group.

More information on the program, as well as videos from last year’s teams, is available at

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