2017 Video Challenge

“Connecticut Manufacturing – Join the Evolution!”


The Eastern Advanced Manufacturing Alliance (EAMA) is offering an opportunity for high schools to partner with local manufacturers in a video competition that will educate students and communities about how manufacturing companies are changing through the use of technology, new skills and systems.   The video challenge is entitled: “Connecticut Manufacturing – Join the Evolution!”

EAMA’s goal is to educate students, teachers, and parents about the manufacturing industry by pairing high school teams with local manufacturers to create videos that demonstrate robotics, automation, LEAN concepts and new technologies used at local companies.

Previous years’ competitions, “What’s So Cool About Manufacturing?”  & “Manufacturing a Path to Success” introduced student audiences to careers at companies in Eastern Connecticut; some as large as Electric Boat and Freeport McMoran to smaller companies such as Xuare, Connecticut Casket and MPS Plastics.

Participating schools include Grasso Technical High School, Ellis Technical High School, New London Science and Technology Magnet School, Quinebaug Middle College, RHAM High, Norwich Free Academy, Woodstock Academy and the high schools from Montville, Old Saybrook, Killingly, Plainfield, Putnam, Westerly and Windham.

Companies from Windham, New London and Middlesex counties have signed up and are eager to participate in the 2017 event. These companies include Airgas, LBI, Collins & Jewell, Westminster Tool, Ensinger Precision Molding, Linemaster Switch, Jaypro Corporation, Web Industries, Freeport McMoran, Electric Boat, Incord, Alpha Q, Ivoryella, Bollore, Unicorr and Sound Manufacturing.  Once student videos are complete, an “American Idol-style” voting competition will take place. Viewers will have the opportunity to vote online for their favorite video.

The completed videos will be posted on the EAMA website (www.eamainc.com)  and also featured on YouTube.  Schools and communities can promote voting for their videos as well as encouraging school engagement and pride. A film festival will be held on April 26, 2017 at Three Rivers Community College (6:00pm-8:00pm) where videos will be screened and judged on creative and technical merit.

Competition Results

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

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


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.