We are so proud to have had the opportunity to be a part of “Dream It Do It: What’s So Cool About Manufacturing?” video contest. Last week, Dream It Do It had their annual video contest award ceremony for Berks County and we were thrilled to be there to witness it!
The contest was a huge success, recognized nationally and across the entire state of Pennsylvania. The objective of the video contest was to promote STEM and the manufacturing industry disproving the myth that manufacturing isn’t cool!
In today’s world, oftentimes when we discuss manufacturing, our thoughts are immediately drawn to greasy factories, smoke stacks, and steam engines. It is important to remind the future generations of how exciting the manufacturing industry can be.
We hope to inspire others to be as passionate about manufacturing careers as we are. It is projected, that over the next few years the manufacturing industry will have over 2 million open positions. The manufacturing industry is one of the most important industries in our society. We need to get more people involved and to fill those jobs and future ones!
The “What’s So Cool About Manufacturing?” video contest gave kids the chance to explore the world of manufacturing first-hand. Student teams were assigned to different manufacturers in their local areas.
Once the groups were assigned to a manufacturing company, they arranged an appropriate time to tour the facility with a GoPro and other camera equipment. During their days at the manufacturing facilities, the students used the equipment to record video footage that would express why they thought manufacturing was cool.
The students had the opportunity to edit their footage in creative ways that would get the message across. Once the project was completed, the videos were made public and entered in a contest which voters could access and vote on their favorite videos.
American Crane & Equipment Corporation was assigned to a group of six female students from the Daniel Boone Middle School. We had a great time hosting the students and showing them around our facility.
The students were able to see, step-by-step, the process of what it takes to manufacture one of our cranes. They also had the chance to operate our cranes with the supervision of our maintenance manager.
There will be several other “What’s So Cool About Manufacturing?” video contests hosted by Dream It Do It as we make our way through the spring. To check out the videos and learn more about the contests, visit: http://dreamitdoitpa.com/video-contests/