Fluid Power Robotics Challenge


And the winner is…

We are happy to announce that the winner of the 2016-17 NFPA Robotics Challenge scholarship is Spencer Tiegs of Waukesha, Wisconsin. Spencer graduated from Waukesha West High School in June 2017. During his senior year, he took PLC classes at WCTC – Waukesha County Technical College​, and has held an internship at a local engineering company for the last two years. Spencer will be attending the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE)​ for Mechanical Engineering. He will be part of MSOE’s University Scholars Honors Program.

NFPA received 75 Robotics Challenge Scholarship applications from students around the United States for the 2016-17 cycle. A review team of 11 NFPA members reviewed these applications, which included an essay and recommendation letter, to narrow the field down to three finalists. Phone interviews with the finalists were conducted before choosing the winner.

Read more about Spencer in this blog post or scroll down to learn more about the scholarship.


About the NFPA Robotics Challenge Scholarship


As close to real-world engineering as a student can get.

The NFPA Robotics Challenge is a scholarship program that launched with the 2016-17 school year. In support of the FIRST® mission, NFPA will be offering one merit-based scholarship, for $10,000 per year for four years, to a high school senior who participates as part of a 2018 FIRST® Robotics Competition Team. This scholarship may be used to study engineering at any accredited technical college or university in the United States.

The goal of the NFPA FIRST Scholarship is to bring an awareness of fluid power options in robotics to high school students and to stimulate increased use of fluid power products in this competition.

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About FIRST Robotics

Sport and the precision of science.

FIRST Robotics combines the excitement of sport with the precision of science and technology, making it one of the greatest high school robotics and STEM competitions in the country. In fact, previous participants have called the event the “hardest fun you’ll ever have.” Under strict rules, limited resources, and an intense six-week time limit, teams of 20 or more students are challenged to raise funds, design a team “brand,” hone teamwork skills, and build and program industrial-size robots to play a difficult field game against like-minded competitors. It’s as close to real-world engineering as a student can get. Volunteer professional mentors lend their time and talents to guide each team. Each season ends with an exciting FIRST Championship.

FIRST Robotics Competition teams get to:

  • Learn from professional engineers
  • Master STEM skills
  • Learn and use sophisticated software, hardware, and power tools
  • Build and compete with a robot of their own design
  • Improve teamwork, interpersonal, and communication skill
  • Compete and cooperate in alliances and tournaments
  • Understand and practice Gracious Professionalism™
  • Earn a place at the FIRST Championship
  • Qualify for $25+ million in college scholarships

Not only is the competition a great experience for high schoolers, but it serves as a fun and unique way for parents and teachers to get students excited about learning. Students who participate in FIRST Robotics competitions have been surveyed, and over 88% have more interest in school, 90% have specific interest in taking a challenge math or science course, and 90% are more interested in attending college.

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