LOCAL MANUFACTURING GROUP ROLLS OUT THE RED CARPET FOR STUDENT VIDEOGRAPHERS AS HIGH SCHOOL TEAMS SHINE LIGHT ON MANUFACTURING IN CONNECTICUT VIDEO COMPETITION
On April 26, The Eastern Advanced Manufacturing Alliance (EAMA) hosted a gala event to celebrate the culmination of a project that brought 14 local high school teams and manufacturers together to educate students on career opportunities in manufacturing and to provide information on the skills required to be successful in the manufacturing field.
The project’s goal was to educate students, teachers and parents about the manufacturing industry by pairing high school teams with local manufacturing companies to create videos that showcased “Connecticut Manufacturing – Join the Evolution!”
The event culminated in a film festival – named The EAMY Awards – at Three Rivers Community College in Norwich. Linda Riquier of the American Job Center officiated in tie and tails as the event emcee and the videos were screened and judged by a panel of judges from the manufacturing, education and video production industries.
In creating their project videos, students learned about local manufacturing companies, different job functions within the organization and technological changes that have occurred within the company. The teams then had to master video production, editing, developing the message for their target audience and promoting the videos within their high school and local community.
Winners received a variety of cash prizes and trophies. The winners of the Best Overall Video received a trophy that was “manufactured” from component parts of each of the participating manufacturers. This one of a kind trophy travels each year with the winner of successive competitions.
The Winning Videos
Viewer’s Choice Awards
1st Place Plainfield High School & Westminster Tool
2nd Place New London Science & Technology Magnet High School & Jaypro
3rd Place Quinebaug Middle College & Unicorr
Best Overall Video Award -Norwich Free Academy & Freeport McMoran
Outstanding Videography Award - Quinebaug Middle College & Unicorr
Best Narration Award - Old Saybrook High School & Sound Manufacturing
Outstanding Educational Value Award - Killingly High & Bollore
Most Creative Award - Norwich Free Academy & Freeport McMoran