Students Win Video Contest, Learn About Cool Subject

Most middle school students probably aren't thinking about manufacturing and how interesting and important it can be. But these kids were, and they won an award for their effort

Students from 20 local school districts learned about the exciting things going on at local manufacturing companies, while competing for recognition and the chance to advance to a state competition in the "What's So Cool About Manufacturing" video contest. Top video-makers were announced at last night's Catalyst Connection Annual Manufacturing Reception at Heinz Field. That's Cornell Middle School, above, accepting their "Rookie School" award for excellence in a first-time entry.

Hundreds of manufacturers and industry supporters gathered at the event to network and promote our region's manufacturing community. They were joined by hundreds of students, parents and educators who participated in the video awards ceremony. The contest partnered student teams with a manufacturer in their neighborhood to produce a video profiling the company and featuring employees explaining what they love about their jobs.

Among the winners who will advance to the state competition were Norwin (above) who won the award for Outstanding Creativity for their video (a clever pseudo game-show) produced in partnership with Cleaveland Price , a Trafford company that manufactures products for the electrical industry. That's them with Catalyst Connections Executive Director Petra Mitchell (left) and (front) Cleaveland Price President, Rae Sweeney. Winning teams from Moon and South Fayette will also advance.

Here's a list of all the winners and the companies who worked with them to produce their videos. You can watch their videos by clicking here .

Best Manufacturing Message

1st Place - Moon School District with Seegrid Corporation

2nd Place - Canon-McMillan School District with All-Clad Metalcrafters

Outstanding Creativity

1st Place - Norwin School District with Cleaveland Price

2nd Place - Burrell School District with Natrona Bottling Company

Viewer´┐Żs Choice

1st Place - Burgettstown School District with Prion Manufacturing

2nd Place - Elizabeth Forward School District with DMI Companies

Best Promotion

Winner - Elizabeth Forward School District with DMI Companies

Exceptional Videography

1st Place - South Fayette School District with Giffin Interiors

2nd Place - Freeport School District with Belleflex Technologies

Rookie School Award

Winner - Cornell with Aero Tech Designs

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