The NFPA Robotics Challenge is a scholarship program that brings awareness of fluid power options in robotics to high school students and encourages increased use of fluid power products. This year's Robotics Challenge Scholarship will also be available to high school seniors participating in the National Robotics League (NRL). In support of the missions of FIRST® Robotics...

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Manufacturing Day 2017 is finally here! Every fall, manufacturers across America open their doors to show their communities what manufacturing really looks like. Many NFPA member companies are involved in this year's MFG Day celebration, which is on October 6, and a number of them are going beyond one-day events. For example, Aggressive Hydraulics is holding its...

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The NFPA Fluid Power Vehicle Challenge is starting off with a bang this year! Thirteen university teams are registered to compete including the University of Cincinnati, California Polytechnic State University, Illinois Institute of Technology, Murray State University, Purdue University, University of Minnesota, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Western Michigan University, University of Akron, Cleveland State University,...

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Gus Ramirez, chairman of HUSCO International, recently cut the ribbon for St. Augustine Preparatory Academy, a K4-12 school he founded on Milwaukee’s south side. The $50 million facility just launched its first school year on August 16th and is serving over 600 students. According to BizTimes, the school interviewed in excess of 1,500 teachers to fill 66...

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Looking for additional ways to engage with students? If a facility tour doesn’t work for your schedule, consider creating a video for this year’s Manufacturing Day℠ (MFG Day)! Even though MFG Day is October 6th, this option allows for continued and broader promotion by creating a shareable experience. To date, over 30 videos have been...

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In spring, Wojanis Supply Company sponsored a Fluid Power Action Challenge in Pennsylvania, which hosted 33 teams and 132 students. The event caught the attention of The Sprout Fund, a nonprofit organization supporting innovative ideas and grassroots community projects that are catalyzing change in Pittsburgh. The Sprout Fund featured the Fluid Power Action Challenge in their Make to...

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This year, Troy Junior High School was awarded a grant to incorporate fluid power in their classroom. Below are some of the many notable extracts from the teacher who coordinated the activities for over 200 seventh grade students. “The students start by completing an investigation where they test a pneumatic and hydraulic system and see...

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Balluff Inc., an NFPA manufacturer member, will host its third annual Manufacturing Day (MFG Day) event October 6th, 2017 at its U.S. headquarters in Florence, Kentucky. As indicated on its MFG Day event page, all ages are welcome to participate in hands-on activities to learn how sensors and automation work to improve manufacturing outcomes as well...

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On Manufacturing Day℠ 2016, Paragon Technologies invited 35 students from Centerline High School to participate in hands-on, interactive tours of their Warren, Michigan facility. Paragon partnered with Macomb County Economic Development Committee, the Macomb County School Superintendents, and educators with a goal to engage 2,000 local students by opening the doors to manufacturing facilities in Macomb County. According...

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This year at the STEM Forward’s 64th Annual Engineers Week Banquet & Awards Ceremony, Caterpillar was recognized for its involvement in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education. According to the press release, the Spirit of STEM award was created in 2012 and recognizes organizations that have demonstrated a commitment to advancing STEM education and talent development in...

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