via WTKR [link]

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – Kids got to enjoy a fun learning experience at the STIHL Manufacturing Technology Summer Camp.

36 campers were part of the program which aims to close the skilled trades gap in America, a company spokesperson said.

High school students across the state of Virginia had the opportunity to demonstrate what it takes to be ‘STIHL STRONG.’

They designed and built handheld strength testers using STIHL components, a company release said.

During the four-day camp students gained insight into the skills and teamwork necessary to turn raw materials into finished goods in a competitive manufacturing environment.

On the last day of camp, six teams competed to determine the best process to manufacture and assemble their strength testers.

“All the games [sessions] were fun and they helped us to eventually reach our goal with the help of the interns and coaches,” explained Kena Gresham, a rising freshman at Princess Anne High School and member of the winning team.

The 2017 winning team members from Team “Hulque TOUGH” – who built two strength testers – are:

  • Cristina Jones — STIHL Inc. Coach
  • Branson Kim — First Colonial High School
  • Kiah Cyrus — Green Run Collegiate
  • Clayton McSweeney — Cox High School
  • Kena Gresham — Princess Anne High School
  • Jacob Hobbs — Cox High School
  • Brenden Nieves — Landstown High School

Each member of the winning team received a scholarship of $1,000 from the Virginia Industry Foundation.