Vancouver's Silicon Forest Electronics wins industry award

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Silicon Forest Electronics of Vancouver received the Inspire Award at the Pacific Northwest Aerospace Alliance's 13th Annual Conference held last week in Lynnwood. The recognition was one of five industry awards announced at the event, which featured a keynote address by Gov. Jay Inslee.

The Inspire Award recognizes aerospace industry leaders who have shown "exceptional creativity in working with schools to share the activities of manufacturing in an overall effort to cultivate interest and skills leading to aerospace careers," according to the aerospace alliance.

Silicon Forest Electronics, an electronics manufacturer, was recognized for assisting in developing, organizing, and participating in STEM Fest 2013, a three-day festival designed to give high school students business experience using science, technology, engineering and math skills. The company's employees worked with 21 high school students in "hands-on" activities intended to simulate design engineering. Mentors helped students understand and complete the simulated real world tasks.

Silicon Forest Electronics CEO Frank Nichols accepted the award at the event.