The number one selling brand of gasoline-powered handheld tools, STIHL Inc., has their U.S. headquarters right in Virginia Beach. The company is also giving middle and high school students hands-on experience in working on technology-based projects.
The Manufacturing Technology Summer Camp is in its 5th year. The camp puts kids from across Virginia in a teamwork environment to build an obstacle-avoiding robot. The camp also promotes careers in modern manufacturing and educates about trades in the STEM field. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mechanics)
The camp runs for four days. The teams then compete against each other on the final day to assemble, market and present their finished robot to a panel of judges.
Learn more about the history and objective of the camp in the video below. Also hear about the experience from one of the campers.
Team MotoRobotics were the winners of the 2016 tech camp. Each member of the team received a $1,000 scholarship.
• Mike Camp – STIHL Inc. Coach
• Tomas Franzese – Kellam High School
• Joshua Bailey – Princess Anne High School
• Aniya Burnham – Landstown High School
• Kori Lea – Tallwood High School
• Miles Abernathy – First Colonial High School
• Alex Plutchak – Ocean Lakes High School
• Claudio Cela – Grassfield High School
• Whitney Pendleton – STIHL Inc. Assistant Coach