Friday, October 9, 2015

New Hampshire Governor Hassan, DRED Launch Second Annual What’s So Cool About Manufacturing? Video Contest

In order to engage New Hampshire students and to encourage them to learn about exciting and interesting career opportunities in advanced manufacturing, Governor Hassan and Department of Resources and Economic Development Commissioner Jeffrey Rose are launching the second annual What’s So Cool About Manufacturing? video contest.

Through partnering participating schools and local manufacturers to produce a video focused on career opportunities in manufacturing, the What’s So Cool About Manufacturing? video contest is designed to introduce middle school students to careers of the future in advanced manufacturing and what they can do to prepare for them.

"By participating in this video contest, students will come to understand the importance of manufacturing firsthand and how a career in manufacturing helps families across the state expand their opportunities," Governor Hassan said. "Students can learn about how interesting and exciting these jobs are, lessons that I hope they will pass on to their peers so that this critical industry can continue to thrive and create good jobs for years to come."

In the video contest's first year, 12 middle schools across the state produced 13 videos. Fairgrounds Junior High School in Nashua took first place, followed by North Hampton School and Pittsfield Middle School. To view last year’s winning videos, visit https://www.youtube.com/user/NHEconomy.

"In the first year of the contest, middle school students from around the state created some engaging and informative videos that highlighted their interest and curiosity about advanced manufacturing," Commissioner Jeffrey Rose said. "The contest was a great introduction to the people and processes who manufacture great things right in their hometowns."

Students and advisors can work with local manufacturers on their video starting now through the February 2 project deadline. Teachers interested in participating can get more information on partnering with a local manufacturer, as well as video contest rules, at http://www.nheconomy.com/videocontest/ or by contacting Christopher Way, deputy director, Division of Economic Development at 603-271-2341.