Redefining the Classroom

Automotive giant helps LSSU camp

Posted: August 23rd, 2005

August 22, 2005
ROBOTICS SCHOLARSHIP -- Nathan Chesebro, left, of Brimley accepts a scholarship from Shawn Griffin, Manager of Continental Teves’ Brimley Development Center. Chesebro used the full on-campus award to attend a robotics camp held at Lake Superior State University this summer. (LSSU photo by John Shibley

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. — Continental Teves sponsored Nathan Chesebro, a Brimley middle school student, during Lake Superior State University’s 15th annual summer robotics camp. According to company representative Sven Heikkinen this is the first scholarship of its kind sponsored by Continental Teves, a major worldwide supplier of components to the auto industry.

“We are involved with many of the engineering senior projects at LSSU, but this particular award is an effort to bring together the Brimley community with other university programs and opportunities,” said Heikkinen. “It is our goal to make this an annual scholarship.”

Continental Teves, with its test facility in Brimley, produces active safety systems for the automotive industry. The company is one of the largest manufacturers of hydraulic and electronic brake systems, stability control and chassis systems and electronic air suspension systems. It employs 81,000 people in 27 countries around the world that work in more than 100 manufacturing facilities, research centers, and test tracks.

“We understand the benefits of science and technology for students,” added Heikkinen. “We would like to sponsor an entire camp in the future.”

Chesebro met the criteria for the $695 award, which required that the student attends the Brimley school system, has a minimum GPA of 3.0, obtained letters of recommendation, participated in extra-curricular activities such as, Lego and/or FIRST Robotics competitions, and achieved above average performance in national standardized tests.

Lake Superior State University’s School of Engineering and Technology is only one of three schools in the United States to offer a robotics specialization as part of an undergraduate engineering degree. The school’s robotics and automation laboratory has over $1 million in industrial robots and automation equipment.

Graduates with robotics specialization enjoy a near 100% success rate in employment within industry or admission to graduate school.

For admissions information, go to LSSU's web site at, or phone 906/635-2231.

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