Category Archives: Education

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 26 and 27, I had the opportunity to attend the 2018 Minnesota Skills Competition, Career Fair, and Mega-Tech Event at Hennepin Technical College in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota. The Minnesota Fluid Power Skills Competition is an annual event of the International Fluid Power Society (IFPS) Chapter 5. The students who participated came from four...

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Spencer Tiegs, the 2017 NFPA Robotics Challenge Scholarship winner, has been very busy since winning his scholarship! Not only is he attending the Milwaukee School of Engineering for mechanical engineering as part of the University Scholars Honors Program, he also continues to coach and mentor FIRST® Robotics high school students and is part of the...

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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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NFPA has various workforce development programs that help connect NFPA member companies with schools that teach fluid power to not only ensure curriculum thoroughly trains students in fluid power skills and concepts, but also to help members get better access to the future workforce. As part of these efforts, we encourage members to make material donations...

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Fluid Power Vehicle Challenge
  By Eric Lanke NFPA President/CEO   In April I was in Ames, Iowa serving as a competition judge for the NFPA Fluid Power Vehicle Challenge hosted by NFPA member and Pascal Society Gold-level donor, Danfoss, at their headquarters. The Vehicle Challenge is a workforce development program designed to support teams of undergraduate students as...

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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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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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