Through the camp, the company helps foster the future of manufacturing and gives high school students hands-on experience in technology-based projects. The camp promotes careers in modern manufacturing and educates young people on both skilled trades and degreed career paths in manufacturing.

This year, the theme was “FANatics for Innovation,” so teams of participating students designed and built two different types of fans using STIHL components. Over the four days of camp (July 24-27), they also learned the importance of process planning, budgeting, and product quality, as well as, the significance of hard work and collaboration. The experience fosters teamwork in a competitive manufacturing environment.

Above is the group crowned as champions on STIHL’s competition day on Saturday. Each of the five team members will receive a $1,000 scholarship.

Pictured from left to right: Coach Gail Kelly, STIHL Inc., Coach Logan Zydik, STIHL Inc., Allison O’Dell, Ocean Lakes H.S., Virginia Beach, Va., Rafael Viray, Grassfield H.S., Chesapeake, Va., Myla Chappell, Grassfield H.S., Chesapeake, Va., Britton Boone, Kellam H.S., Virginia Beach, Va. and Silas Turner, Stadium H.S., Tacoma, Wash.


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