Dream It. Do It. Minnesota hosted a “What’s So Cool About Manufacturing?” student video contest awards night on May 2, 2017 at A Center for the Arts Theatre in downtown Fergus Falls, MN. Over 50 guests attended, including students and teachers/coaches from participating schools, parents, and Tri-State Manufacturers’ Association members.
Sixty students from seven school districts formed 15 teams to create videos about modern manufacturing. A select panel of judges scored each video, evaluating the story line, creativity, educational value, and how well it answered the question “What’s So Cool About Manufacturing?” Kari Krusemark, Dream It. Do It. West Central Minnesota Coordinator, worked with schools for the contest.
Students from Moorhead Public School received first place, along with an award of $1,000. Breckenridge Public School received second place and award of $700, and Fergus Falls Public School received third place and an award of $300. The awards are designated for each school’s industrial technology department. In addition, each student on a first, second, or third place team received a $50 cash prize.
Moorhead Public School also won the Viewers’ Choice Award. Voting was open to the public for two weeks in April, with a total of 4,123 votes cast. Moorhead won a GoPro video camera with accessories and tri-pod ($600 value), which will be used as a teaching tool for their industrial technology department.
360 Manufacturing and Applied Engineering Center of Excellence, led by Bemidji State University, partnered with Tri-State Manufacturers’ Association and West Central Initiative to sponsor the video contest. Aagard, Bell State Bank and Trust, Bremer Bank, Brunswick/Lund Boats, BTD, ComDel Innovations, Eggen Marketing Group, ITW Heartland, Massman Automation Designs, Northern Contours, ShoreMaster, and Smith Foundry also sponsored the video contest.
Dream It. Do It. Minnesota is a career recruitment strategy dedicated to changing the perception of careers in manufacturing and inspiring the next generation of workers. The student video contest touches each aspect of the mission of the Dream It. Do It. Minnesota campaign to inspire youth to prepare for and seek careers in advanced manufacturing, improve the image of manufacturing, influence schools, parents, and guidance counselors to embrace manufacturing careers and involve Minnesota manufacturers in a leadership role.