Category Archives: NFPA Foundation News

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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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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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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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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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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Legacy Builder Award Recipients
  By Eric Lanke NFPA President/CEO   At the recent NFPA Annual Conference in Orlando, four more companies were recognized for reaching Legacy Builder status in the NFPA Foundation. When NFPA started the NFPA Foundation back in 2007, we created the Legacy Builder Award, to be given out at each year’s Annual Conference to any...

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In 2016, Cleveland Community College (CCC) in Shelby, North Carolina received a $25,000 Fluid Power Lab Grant from the NFPA Education and Technology Foundation. The school is using the funds to purchase proportional valves to upgrade its existing hydraulic trainer and to purchase a new trainer. CCC recently reported that its new and upgraded trainers...

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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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2017 Fluid Power Vehicle Challenge
    By Eric Lanke NFPA President/CEO During the last few weeks, I’ve had the pleasure of serving as a judge for the midway reports of the student teams competing in this year’s NFPA Fluid Power Vehicle Challenge. The Vehicle Challenge is a competitive workforce development program designed to support teams of undergraduate students as...

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