WSCAM Middle School Video Contest

The What’s So Cool About Manufacturing Video Contest began in the Pittsburgh region in 2014 and has been growing immensely since then! The contest supports Catalyst Connection’s effort to build a strong pipeline of talent and give young people a new perspective on the exciting career opportunities that exist in manufacturing.

To participate in the contest, a team of 7 students in grades 7th and 8th create a short 2:30 minute manufacturing video for their peers, parents, and community explaining what they think is so cool and rewarding about manufacturing! The contest culminates each year in the spring with voting and a wonderful celebratory and educational award ceremony!

To view all videos from our Southwestern Pennsylvania contests since 2014 and all contests from across the state visit WSCM Video Library | What’s So Cool About Manufacturing?




Explore the world of manufacturing


Express themselves through creative storytelling


Work with video equipment and editing software


Learn project management and marketing skills


Work as a professional team on a project



All schools receive a video kit at no cost


Grant funding to cover transportation and substitute costs


Partnership with a local manufacturing company


Program support throughout from Catalyst Connection

Learn more about the program by watching the quick video below!

2023-24 Participants

Pittsburgh Central

School Company
Apollo Ridge School District JV Manufacturing Co., Inc.
Baldwin-Whitehall School District Mancini’s Bakery
Blackhawk School District Schroeder Industries
Butler Area School District Team 1 Butler Technologies Inc.
Butler Area School District Team 2 Keystone Ridge Designs
Canon-McMillan School District DMI Companies
CLASS Academy ARDEX Americas
Freeport Area School District JSP International
Laurel School District Berner International
Moon Area School District Aero Tech Designs
Mt. Lebanon School District Haemonetics
New Brighton School District Impact Guard LLC
Northgate School District MECCO


Pittsburgh East

School Company
Brownsville Area School District Hranec Insulation Corporation
Connellsville School District Heartland Fabrication
Franklin Regional School District Intervala
Greater Johnstown School District JWF Industries
Indiana Area School District Clark Metal Products
Monessen City School District Roechling Machined Plastics
Norwin School District General Carbide Corporation
River Valley School District Miller Fabrication Solutions
Shanksville-Stonycreek School District Lockheed Martin AeroParts, Inc.
Somerset Area School District ASSA Abloy

Special thank you to our sponsors!

Interested in participating in this program?