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South Middle School and Pioneer Conveyor, LLC Team Up for the Explore Student Video Contest

Explore the New Manufacturing is pleased to release South Middle School’s video submission in the North Central region of the Explore Student Video Contest.  The video showcases what happens inside Pioneer Conveyor, a leading bulk material conveyor manufacturing firm located in Bruceton Mills, West Virginia.

The students are competing for three regional awards: Outstanding Creativity, Best Manufacturing Message, and the Viewer's Choice.  Visit to view the South Middle School video and cast your vote in the Viewer’s Choice Contest.  Voting closes on March 19th at midnight.

The South Middle School team: Christian Carlson, McKenna Earle, Reid Halbritter, Lillian Jordan, Kaden Kenyon, Henry Palfrey, Elise Perella, Cayna Rowan, Khloe Smith, Stella Snyder-Renfrew, and Zoey Workman.

“The Explore the New Manufacturing program was a wonderful opportunity for our students to interact with experts in the field of manufacturing,” stated Dr. Lois Campbell, faculty advisor. “They learned about engineering, machining, fabrication and manufacturing departments. They were able to see on-site design and manufacturing of conveyor projects crucial to various customers throughout North America. In addition, they had the opportunity to develop videos and scripts as they told the story of their partner, Pioneer Conveyor.” The team was also supported by Michelle Farley, faculty advisor.

“Participating in Explore the New Manufacturing’s North Central Viewer's Choice Contest was an incredible experience for our team at Pioneer Conveyor,” commented Rusty Strubin, Plant Manager. “It was refreshing to work with a group of brilliant young minds from South Middle School in Morgantown, West Virginia. Their passion for engineering and manufacturing was a breath of fresh air for our organization which resulted in a renewed love of our work.”

Pioneer Conveyor’s support team: Rusty Strubin, Rob Walls, and Ben Larrick   

“Today’s middle school students will be tomorrow’s workforce in manufacturing in West Virginia,” said Program Director Monica Cross, who oversees the Explore the New Manufacturing program on behalf of the West Virginia Manufacturers Association Educational Fund’s efforts to create student awareness and excitement about careers in manufacturing and the training opportunities for these positions in their local areas. “We are excited to share South Middle School’s video with you.  The team did an excellent job, and their results illustrate the use of creativity, problem-solving, communication, and teamwork.” 

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Upcoming Dates

11 Apr
SVC - NORTH CENTRAL Region - Viewer's Choice Voting
Date 04.11.2024 - 04.18.2024
11 Apr
SVC - NORTH CENTRAL Region Judging
04.11.2024 - 04.17.2024
17 Apr
MIC - MID-OHIO Region - Deadline Manufacturer's Critique
17 Apr
MIC - MID-OHIO Region - Deadline Team's Judging Packet
17 Apr
SVC - MID_OHIO VALLEY Region - Viewer's Choice Voting
04.17.2024 - 04.24.2024
17 Apr
SVC - MID-OHIO Region Judging
04.17.2024 - 04.23.2024

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