First “What’s So Cool About Manufacturing?” video contest held

Teenagers from several high schools in the west central area of Minnesota recently participated in a video contest with the theme “What’s So Cool About Manufacturing?”

Partnering with a company in their area, eight student teams from Detroit Lakes High School and Henning Public Schools produced a short video about careers in manufacturing.

Members of the West Central Steering Committee Dream It. Do It. Minnesota judged the videos based upon their content/storyline, creativity, educational value, and, of course, how they answered the question “What’s So Cool About Manufacturing?” In addition to recognizing first, second, and third places, there was also a “Viewer’s Choice Award” for the video receiving the most votes from the public through the website at the end of April.

Team members from Henning Public Schools.
Video team representatives from Henning Public Schools.

The culmination of the contest was an awards ceremony on May 3 at Tri-State Manufacturers’ Association’s Robotics Showcase in Alexandria. The 85 attendees, comprised of manufacturers, association members, teachers, and students, were welcomed by a red carpet and the ballroom decorated in a Dream It. Do It. theme. Cash prizes were awarded to the winning students and to their schools.

The winners were:

  • First place: Henning Public Schools’ video about Lund Boats.
  • Second place and Viewers’ Choice winner: Henning Public Schools’ video about Paydac Industries Inc.
  • Third place: Detroit Lakes High School’s video about Forum Communications Printing.

Other companies featured were Industrial Finishing Services, Innova Industries, Northern Contours, and Shoremaster.

The “What’s So Cool About Manufacturing?” video contest started in the Lehigh Valley area of Pennsylvania and is now being replicated in other parts of the country as a best practice shared via the national Dream It. Do It. network.

360 and Dream It. Do It. Minnesota would like to thank the Tri-State Manufacturers’ Association, West Central Initiative, the participating manufacturers, and the West Central Dream It. Do It. Minnesota steering committee for their support of the “What’s So Cool About Manufacturing” video contest and the following manufacturers for opening their doors to students:

  • Shoremaster, Fergus Falls
  • Innova Industries, Fergus Falls
  • Paydac Plastics, Inc., Fergus Falls
  • Industrial Finishing Services, Deer Creek
  • Brunswick Lund Boat Company, New York Mills
  • Northern Contours, Fergus Falls
  • Forum Communications Printing, Detroit Lakes

Kari Krusemark, the West Central Dream It. Do It. Minnesota Outreach Coordinator says, “Congratulations, Detroit Lakes High School & Henning Public Schools, for your participation and for making our first ever video contest happen!”

You can view the videos on the Dream It. Do It. Minnesota website.

Dream It. Do It. Minnesota is planning to hold and expand the video contest in 2016-2017.

About Dream It Do It Minnesota
Dream It. Do It. Minnesota, led by 360 Manufacturing Center of Excellence, inspires the next generation of manufacturing talent and collaborates with industry to promote careers in manufacturing in Minnesota. To learn more about this program, visit