Stihl Inc. held the Stihl Manufacturing Technology Summer Camp on July 16-19, 2014, at its Virginia Beach, Va., headquarters. The camp, which promotes careers in modern manufacturing, gives high-school students the unique opportunity to design and build unique products such as wireless speakers from Stihl parts.
Students were taught how to utilize technical skill sets and test and use CNC machines to find the most efficient way to build their products. On the final day, students competed to determine which team could create the best process to manufacture them. Each member of the winning team received a scholarship of $1,000 from the Virginia Industry Foundation; scholarships are funded by STIHL, FESTO, ECPI and other camp supporters.
The 2014 winning team members from Team Bumble Beatzzzz — which built nine wireless speakers — are as follows:
Joshua Dano, Landstown High School, Virginia Beach, Va.
Cameron Jackson, Grassfield High School, Chesapeake, Va.
Thomas Mathwig, Ocean Lakes High School, Virginia Beach, Va.
Garrett Pease, Windsor High School, Windsor, Va.
Alex Plutchak, Lynnhaven Middle School, Virginia Beach, Va.
Carter Sabo, Landstown Technology & STEM Academy, Virginia Beach, Va.
The competition is judged by academic, corporate and community leaders, and the 2014 judging panel included:
Dr. Edna Baehre-Kolovani, president, Tidewater Community College
John Broderick, president, Old Dominion University
Paul Dockery, business development specialist, ECPI
Christian Koestler, vice president of operations, Stihl Inc.
Dr. Robert Malloy, professor and chairman of Plastics Engineering Department at UMass Lowell
Andrea Noske, head of the science and technology section of the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany