Author Archives: Stephanie Scaccianoce

The NFPA Education and Technology Foundation awards grants to middle and high schools to facilitate hydraulics and pneumatics instruction. Grant awards defray the costs related to the educational aspects of the Fluid Power Action Challenge Program—either for the fluid power kits for classroom use or for participation in the Fluid Power Action Challenge event. Below...

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NFPA News
With the support of our membership and education partners, the Fluid Power Action Challenge event introduced almost 2,000 students to fluid power technology in 2018 and its tenth year of operation. The origin of the Action Challenge began with Steve Rogers of Mechanical Kits LTD. In an interview with Steve, he told me about his...

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MFG Day
NFPA recently registered for the second year in a row to endorse MFG Day. This year's MFG Day will be Friday, October 5. Manufacturing Day℠ is a celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers. NFPA supports events like these both through our own programs and by promoting programs that align...

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In early 2018, Wojanis Supply Company completed its seventh annual Fluid Power Action Challenge. Along with SMC Business Council, they hosted 36 student teams and invited three additional schools to compete in this year’s event. Wojanis also invites industry representatives to attend its events and last year, Komatsu Mining Corp. Group was one of those attendees....

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Cleveland County Schools in North Carolina, Purdue University, and South Milwaukee High School each hosted their fourth annual Fluid Power Action Challenge events this year. Cleveland County Schools' event is organized and facilitated by the district's Career and Technical Education department. In addition to being tasked with rebuilding their prototype on Challenge Day using the design specifications...

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NFPA News
In partnership with NCTAP, the North Carolina Triangle Apprenticeship Program, Schmalz Inc. is in the process of visiting 20-30 schools in the greater Raleigh, North Carolina area and inviting them all to attend several open house events. These events are intended to introduce interested 11th grade students to available apprenticeship opportunities. Schmalz Inc. signs on...

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On April 3, a team of four representatives from FORCE America traveled to visit Northglenn High School’s 10th grade engineering class. In partnership with the STEM coordinator and engineering teacher, the FORCE America team was able to incorporate a kit build with various types of platform lifters, cherry pickers, scissor lifts, and excavators in conjunction...

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Industry members and educators work together in a variety of ways to ensure students are learning the skills they need to successfully join the fluid power workforce upon graduation. One member that has been a particularly active collaborator is Price Engineering. Several of Price Engineering’s employees serve on the advisory board and have helped shape...

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Hammond and student
In its ninth year of organizing the Fluid Power Action Challenge, Deltrol Fluid Products engaged 98 teams (totaling about 400 students) from eight schools. In addition to its own event, Deltrol has also helped facilitate other events this year. Bob Hammond in particular has been a strong advocate for this program and also an excellent...

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Daman Products Inc. celebrated its eighth annual Fluid Power Action Challenge by engaging 92 students on 23 teams. The last few years, Daman has been working with Bethel Community College to host the 11 participating schools. In the many years of organizing and sponsoring these events, the students that participated in the earlier years have...

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