2018 Video Challege

"Connecticut Manufacturing, A Day in the Life"


The Eastern Advanced Manufacturing Alliance (EAMA) is a group of over 50+ manufacturing companies and educational institutions in New London and Windham counties that promote networking, manufacturing career awareness/programs and training opportunities.

EAMA (Eastern Advanced Manufacturing Alliance) coordinates a program that brings local high schools and manufacturers together to educate students on the career opportunities in manufacturing and to provide information on the skills required to be successful in the manufacturing field.

The theme for the upcoming challenge is “Connecticut Manufacturing: A Day in the Life”.

Manufacturers include metal fabricators, plastic molding companies and mold builders, a wire redraw mill, a footswitch manufacturer, custom netting manufacturer, submarine fabricator and aerospace component manufacturers. This year’s competition focus is on the different professions within manufacturing. Students will visit their partner companies, interview employees and learn what happens daily in the world of manufacturing.

The video series is a way to highlight the new and advanced manufacturing technologies, trends and processes that Eastern Connecticut companies have been embracing in order to compete in new markets. The goal of the competition is to engage and excite high school students about the opportunities available in local manufacturing companies. The association with the local technical community colleges highlights the educational opportunities available for successful advanced manufacturing careers.

The competition has 13 teams from 12 schools. “We could have fielded at least 5 more teams but we wanted to limit the participation so the screening at the culminating film festival wouldn’t run all night!” said Mary Fitzgerald, coordinator of the event and President of Acme Wire Products in Mystic, CT. “Over one third of the manufacturers are new participants to the event and we have several new high schools participating. School teams are made up from marketing classes, manufacturing classes, video production classes and after school clubs. Astor Place of New London has partnered with EAMA in developing and delivering video techniques to teams participating in the program.”

Videos will be published on the EAMA website in April for online voting and the event will culminate in a red carpet film festival – the EAMY Awards on April 26th at Quinebaug Valley Community College in Danielson, CT.

Competition Results

Best Overall Video Award: RHAM High School & Incord

Outstanding Videography Award: Norwich Free Academy & Collins & Jewell

Best Narration Award: Quinebaug Middle College & Siri Wire

Outstanding Educational Value Award: Old Saybrook High & Sound Manufacturing

Most Creative Award: RHAM High School & Incord

Viewer’s Choice Awards:
1st Place Nathan Hale Ray High School & The Lee Company
2nd Place Quinebaug Middle College & Siri Wire
3rd Place RHAM High School & Incord


On April 26, The Eastern Advanced Manufacturing Alliance (EAMA) hosted a gala event to celebrate the culmination of a project that brought 11 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 “A Day in the Life of Connecticut Manufacturing.”

Some of the careers that were highlighted were – mold designer, mold builder, engineer, product designer, maintenance mechanic, fabricator, apprentice and hydraulic technician.

The event culminated in a film festival – named The EAMY Awards – at Quinebaug Valley Community College in Danielson.  Linda Riquier of the American Job Center officiated as the event emcee and the videos were screened and judged by a panel of judges from the manufacturing  and video production industries.

In creating their project videos, students learned about local manufacturing companies, different job functions within the organization and training and job skills necessary to become successful in a manufacturing career.  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.