Author Archives: Lynn Beyer

Robotics Challenge Scholarship
I went to the FIRST® Robotics World Championships in Houston, Texas, a few weeks ago. While I fully expected to see highly creative high school students having a blast with robotics, what I witnessed was that and so much more. These teams, which came from all over the world, were motivated, inventive, and insanely driven...

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FIRST® Robotics and National Robotics League (NRL) mentors: The $40,000 NFPA Robotics Challenge Scholarship application closes May 1. Remind your students to apply here! One merit-based scholarship for $40,000 ($10,000 per year for four years) will be awarded to a high school senior who participates as part of a 2018 FIRST® Robotics or NRL Competition Team. The scholarship may be used to study...

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Fluid Power Vehicle Challenge
The 2018 Vehicle Challenge Competition at Danfoss in Ames, Iowa was a great success bringing together ten university student teams as well as judges and sponsors from eight NFPA member companies. The Vehicle Challenge is a competition that challenges students to design and build a bicycle using fluid power. The students that participated were highly...

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The NFPA Fluid Power Vehicle Challenge is heating up! Twelve university teams are registered to compete, including the University of Cincinnati, California Polytechnic State University, Murray State University, Purdue University, University of Minnesota, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Western Michigan University, University of Akron, Cleveland State University, Milwaukee School of Engineering, West Virginia University, and Iowa...

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Spencer Tiegs, Robotics Challenge Scholarship recipient in 2017
Spencer Tiegs, the 2017 NFPA Robotics Challenge Scholarship winner, interviewed with and was hired as a summer intern by NFPA member, HUSCO International. Spencer will be working as a Design Engineering intern on the Automotive Design team this summer. He won the Robotics Challenge $40,000 scholarship ($10,000 per year for four years) for his work in...

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2018 FIRST Robotics Competition
The 2018 FIRST® Robotics Competition officially kicks off this Saturday, January 6. Teams will be able to begin designing and building their machines, find mentors, and learn more about this year's competition. Many NFPA members use this program as an opportunity to work as mentors to local students and get them interested in pneumatics, a method...

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Fluid Power Vehicle Challenge
The NFPA Fluid Power Vehicle Challenge is based on an initiative pioneered by Parker Hannifin Corporation. This STEM competition challenges college engineering students to redesign a traditional bicycle using hydraulics as the mode of power transmission. This year, we have twelve university teams that will participate in the final competition, which will take place in April....

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Spencer Tiegs headshot, winner of NFPA Robotics Scholarship
I recently caught up with Spencer Tiegs, the 2017 NFPA Robotics Challenge winner. Spencer won the $40,000 scholarship ($10,000 per year for four years) for his work in using fluid power in his team's FIRST® Robotics competition robot when he was senior in high school. He is using this scholarship to attend the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) Mechanical...

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Fluid Power Vehicle Challenge
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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Spencer Tiegs headshot, winner of NFPA Robotics Scholarship
Spencer Tiegs of Waukesha, Wisconsin has been named the first winner of the NFPA Robotics Challenge Scholarship, a new scholarship program that launched with the 2016-17 school year. Spencer just graduated from Waukesha West High School. During his senior year, he took PLC classes at Waukesha County Technical College, and has held an internship at...

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