2019 Video Challenge

"What's so Cool About Manufacturing"


The Eastern Advanced Manufacturing Alliance- EAMA is coordinating a program that joins local high schools and manufacturers together to educate students to the changes in manufacturing that are currently taking place and how students can prepare themselves for successful careers in manufacturing.
Our video competition entitled “What’s So Cool About  Manufacturing?” will begin later this year.   For the last 4 years, EAMA has successfully hosted video competitions that each engaged and inspired over 100 students in New London & Windham county schools.

Our goal is to educate students, teachers and parents about the manufacturing industry by pairing a high school team with a manufacturing company in the area to create a video that showcases the technology and processes in manufacturing.  Each team will have a liaison at their paired manufacturing company.  They will meet with their manufacturer  at least 3 times, first to perform a set of interviews and have a preliminary tour of the company, then to review their proposed story, script, another time to film and finally to edit & proof the video.

Completed video will be posted on the EAMA website, the paired manufacturing company website and on Youtube.  Each school may post their team’s video on the school site.   It is a great way for companies to showcase their internal talent and engage and recruit a younger generation to consider manufacturing careers.

EAMA will host a film festival in April 2019.   All of the videos will be screened during the festival and prizes will be awarded.  Members of EAMA are eligible to participate in the competition at a reduced rate of $250.00 and are given early priority to match with local high schools.  The cost for non-EAMA members to participate is $350.00 and includes 1st year membership to EAMA.  Teams will be matched in the order that registration forms and payments are received.

Competition Results

Best Overall Video Award: Quinebaug Middle College & Spirol

Outstanding Videography Award: RHAM High School & Airgas

Best Narration Award: Woodstock Academy & Linemaster Switch

Outstanding Educational Value Award: Norwich Free Academy & Jaypro

Most Creative Award: Woodstock Academy & Linemaster Switch

Viewer’s Choice Awards:
1st Place Plainfield High & Westminster Tool
2nd Place Quinebaug Middle College & Spirole
3rd Place Windham High & Incord


On May 1, The Eastern Advanced Manufacturing Alliance (EAMA) hosted a gala event to celebrate the culmination of a project that brought 10 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 “ What’s So Cool About Manufacturing?”

The event culminated in a film festival – named The EAMY Awards – at Three Rivers Community College in Norwich.  Christopher Jewell, President of Collins & Jewell in Bozrah officiated 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 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.

Dr. Melissa Root, a film festival judge and senior producer at Root Success Solutions, a New London, CT company marrying video production and education commented, “The quality of the student videos was much improved over the past few years and the teams were able to highlight the unique qualities of the manufacturing companies in the region.”