Author Archives: Stephanie Scaccianoce

NFPA member news
In partnership with CareerEdge, Sun Hydraulics is offering internship opportunities to future and present high school graduates. The program will expose high school graduates to high-tech manufacturing skills during a paid three-month summer internship. Besides receiving on-the-job experience, the interns will also discover educational opportunities related to manufacturing. Upon completing the internship, students may be eligible to...

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Master Pneumatic Action Challenge
Last month, Master Pneumatic held their fourth annual Fluid Power Action Challenge for 108 middle school students from the Warren Consolidated School District “Middle School Mathematics Science Technology Center (MS)2TC,”  a half-day honors program for students from four middle schools. Master Pneumatic has been partnering with Macomb Community College since the beginning to provide students the...

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HydraForce donates to Wheeling High School lab
Wheeling High School has an Advanced Manufacturing pathway that allows students who are interested in pursuing careers in the industry the opportunity to get engaged as early their freshman year. According to their website, "students who complete this program can earn NIMS Certification, MSSC Safety Certification, receive a National Career Readiness Certificate and participate in...

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In their partnership with Alexandria Technical Community College (ATCC), FORCE America has made a commitment to expand their Fluid Power Action Challenge to engage more students in the hands-on design and build competition. In its third annual event, FORCE America sponsored 20 teams from nine schools, which supported 80 students and reached a new NFPA Challenge...

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Price Engineering routinely invites groups of 10-20 students to their Hartland, Wisconsin facility for interactive, real-life learning experiences. Upon arrival at the facility, students learn what fluid power is, where it's used, and what type of careers are available. As students walk through the manufacturing area, they see a video demonstration of Price Engineering's machines...

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In November, the Workforce Development team exhibited at the National Science Teachers Association area conference in Milwaukee to discuss NFPA's programs with educators. As a result, a middle school teacher from AFC school district in Illinois applied for and received a $500 grant made possible through NFPA's Education and Technology Foundation. Here are some key...

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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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