Dream It, Do It OKI's "What's So Cool About Manufacturing" Video Contest is a program designed by employers and educators to help improve the image of manufacturing as a career choice. The objective is to recruit more young people to career and technical schools that feed talent to the manufacturing industry.
Teams of middle school students, led by teacher coaches, are provided with video equipment and instructional materials and are matched with local manufacturers. Each team has four months to create a short video profile of their partner company and the career opportunities they offer in order to answer the question "What's So Cool About Manufacturing?". The entries are judged by an expert panel and public votes—hosted on the Dream It, Do It website.
This year, sixteen teams are participating in the contest, and the EACC is excited that seven of the sixteen teams are EACC members (Balluff, Deceuninck North America, Festo, Mubea, Rhinestahl, Safran Landing Systems, and ThyssenKrupp Bilstein). Winners are recognized at an awards ceremony by industry and education leaders, dignitaries, and elected officials.
Voting opens March 5 and runs through March 7, and the highly coveted “Viewer’s Choice” award is based on the voting. To vote, you must create an account (visit www.dreamitdoitoki.com). Visitors can only vote once per day throughout the duration of the contest for a total of three votes per visitor. Account information will not be shared or utilized for any other purposes by Dream It, Do It.
Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on March 14 from 5:45-7:30 p.m. at Northern Kentucky University. This event is free and open to the public.