Author Archives: Stephanie Scaccianoce

Last year, middle school student Samantha Stack was among the 388 participants in the 2016-17 Fluid Power Action Challenge organized by Deltrol Fluid Products and hosted at Harper College in Illinois. Her experience within the challenge was pretty typical. On Workshop Day of the six-week competition, teams were first given their initial kit of materials....

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Member volunteer hours and donations help keep NFPA's various workforce development programs growing and effective. One program that helps schools teach fluid power at the middle and high school levels is the Fluid Power Action Challenge Classroom Activities Grant Application. Middle and high schools are invited to apply to offset the costs related to the...

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In December, the Florida Chapter of the International Fluid Power Society (IFPS) hosted their first-ever Fluid Power Action Challenge. The seven teams were comprised of about 30 high school students who are also involved in FIRST® Robotics. As an additional incentive, IFPS Chapter President, Jordan Kimelman, arranged for a scholarship award system for each team in...

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Back in November, Cross Manufacturing attended the Career / Post-Secondary Expo in Hutchinson, Kansas. The organizers of the expo encouraged exhibitors to provide an interactive experience for the over 5,000 students who registered for the event. Cross Manufacturing accepted the challenge and delivered insight into the fluid power industry by allowing students to assemble a hydraulic...

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NFPA exhibits at NSTA conference
This year, the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) held one of its three area conferences in Milwaukee. The conference offers advocacy and professional development opportunities for teachers, administrators, and industry partners, as well as other benefits. NFPA used this platform to get in front of over 1,900 educators across the country and promote our workforce...

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For 18 years, the Oakland County Competitive Robotics Association (OCCRA) in the greater Detroit, Michigan area has been facilitating robotics tournaments for local high school students. I recently attended their Diversity tournament, which is unique to OCCRA with all-girls matches required as part of the total scoring. I had the pleasure of walking the pits...

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MFG Day
Throughout the month of October, NFPA members opened their doors to expand knowledge about and improve general public perception of careers in the industry. Each experience was unique. Companies found it beneficial to establish relationships with educational institutions, and some took it a step further and connected with the local chamber of commerce and elected...

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Participant in apprenticeships program
Preparing students for real-life work while they're still in school can be tough, but apprenticeship programs have proven effective in helping to fill this gap. One such program is the Youth Apprenticeships program through Milwaukee Public Schools, which offers statewide school-to-work opportunities. In a recent information session for industry representatives, a panel of speakers shared...

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MSOE Fluid Power Action Challenge 2017-18
Our very first Fluid Power Action Challenge launched with just four teams in 2008. Tom Wanke, CFPE and Director of Fluid Power Industrial Consortium and Industry Relations at Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) has been a strong supporter and partner of this program since the very beginning when he came to help facilitate the Workshop...

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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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