Students’ Video Receives “Most Creative” Award

Students’ “What’s So Cool About Manufacturing?” Video Receives “Most Creative” Award in Regional Competition Students will now compete at the state level

Do you have an answer to the question, “What’s So Cool About Manufacturing?”  If not, watching the award-winning video created by a team of five Ephrata Middle School students may help you find the answer.

The team, comprised of Melany Bedoya, Elizabeth Foard, Sawyer Jones, Arkadiy Khomich, and Hannah Logue, created a 2.5-minute video to highlight why manufacturing is “so cool” as part of a regional video contest.   After competing among 21 area middle schools, the Ephrata Middle School team received the “Most Creative” award, one of the top three awards that advances the team to the state level of competition.

When the students decided to participate in the competition, they knew exactly where to turn, Astro Machine Works.  “We began the process in October with a tour of Astro.  Then, we went back to do interviews,” explained Elizabeth Foard.  The group agreed to share the responsibility of each task, from writing the interview questions and filming video footage to editing content and marketing the video on social media.

Despite a few minor setbacks during the production process, the students continued to collaborate and use their creativity to come up with a finished product.  “The editing took much longer than we thought because we ran into some glitches with the audio,” said Hannah Logue.  Melany Bedoya also explained how the initial theme of the video was to focus around Astro’s Seven Core Values; however, after obtaining their footage, the group decided to go another route.  “After being at Astro in person and hearing each person’s interview, we thought it was better to tell the story of how manufacturing has changed over time.”

Once the video was complete, it was reviewed by a panel of judges from Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology, SCPa Works, and Purpose 1 and voted on by the public.  Hundreds of students, family members, staff, and contributing company representatives attended the awards ceremony at the Appell Center in York on March 6.  While nine awards were given out, only three award recipient teams – including Ephrata Middle School – will advance to the state competition at The Forum in Harrisburg on April 30.

“The passion exhibited by these students has obviously been well rewarded. Astro will be cheering and wishing the team the best of luck as they move on to the state competition,” said Astro Machine Works President Eric Blow.

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Coordinated by MANTEC, the purpose of the “What’s So Cool About Manufacturing” contest is to raise awareness among students and parents about today’s advanced manufacturing environment and the rewarding and engaging career paths and high pay scale available in the manufacturing sector.  The project was funded in part by a grant from the Powder Mill Foundation.  Additional funding was provided by Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology and nine additional manufacturing supporters.