The students from Northampton School, who won the 2016 What’s So Cool About Manufacturing? video contest were feted by Commissioner Rose, Gov. Hassan and the Executive Council last week (watch here). What an enthusiastic group!
We had great participation this year; in all, 10 schools submitted 11 videos, which you can watch on the NHEconomy.com YouTube channel. Thanks to generous sponsorship from Hypertherm, BAE Systems and Velcro USA, we handed out $1,750 to the top three entries.
We are already planning the 2017 contest, so we’re putting out the word to parents, principals, teachers and manufacturers to become involved next year. It’s open to middle school students in New Hampshire.
If you’re interested, head over to our video contest page (we’re updating it, but the information is the same!) and use the handy-dandy form to let us know. We’ll work with teachers to partner with a local manufacturer and we’ll work with manufacturers to pair them with a team.
Teams can get started once the new school year begins in September; the deadline is Feb. 10. We’re looking forward to hearing from you!
The call to middle school students across New Hampshire to enter the second annual What’s So Cool About Manufacturing? video contest is being answered. Video crews are fanning out to local manufacturers for a look inside at the cool things that come out of their plants.
Groveton Middle School students at Pak2000 in Lancaster.
We tagged along with students from Josh Smith’s technology class in Groveton the other day when they went inside Pak2000 in Lancaster to learn about the company and what it does. It produces plastic bags – 7 million a month – for stores we shop at every day and it has an impressive process involving printing presses, ink (lots of ink) and creativity to design them.
“The kids loved it and really got into it,” Josh reported when he and his students returned to school. “We were there until 1:30, interviewing and learning. It was great to see the kids go beyond the video contest and take an genuine interest in manufacturing. They kept asking questions and capturing footage. When we debriefed after the site visit the students were excited to represent those they interviewed. They are hoping to put together a great video.”
It’s not too late to enter! Students don’t have to be Scorsese or Speilberg; no fancy equipment is required.
Manufacturing is our largest industry, offering well-paying jobs and opportunities to grow and succeed. Our manufacturers are on the grow and want to get this message out to young people.
If you are the parent of a middle school students or a middle school teach, let’s talk. We can match you up with a local manufacturer and your team will vie for a top prize of $1,ooo for your school (thanks to generous sponsorship from Hypertherm, Velcro USA and BAE Systems).
For information, visit our website or give me a call.
Calling all middle school student Spielbergs! And their teachers!
We have a mission we hope you’ll accept.
The 2nd annual What’s So Cool About Manufacturing? video contest is underway and we want you to grab your curiosity, creativity, questions and a camera to show us all the cool things that go on inside your local manufacturer. And then make a video to show all your friends … because in a few short years, when you begin thinking about what you want to do when you graduate, we hope advanced manufacturing will be a consideration.
Because it’s cool! And cool stuff is made right here in New Hampshire!
All the information you need to get started is on our website. If you need to be matched with a manufacturer, we can help!
Did we mention the winning middle school will receive a cool $1,000?
We look forward to seeing all the cool things you discover about manufacturing here in New Hampshire.