Category Archives: NFPA Foundation News

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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NFPA member news
    By Eric Lanke NFPA President/CEO As we enter the season of giving, I’d like to take this opportunity to shine the spotlight the Pascal Society, the annual giving society of the NFPA Education and Technology Foundation. Over the last four years, many NFPA members have made donations through this important mechanism, which has...

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Fluid Power Vehicle Challenge
The NFPA Fluid Power Vehicle Challenge is based on an initiative pioneered by Parker Hannifin Corporation. This STEM competition challenges college engineering students to redesign a traditional bicycle using hydraulics as the mode of power transmission. This year, we have twelve university teams that will participate in the final competition, which will take place in April....

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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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Spencer Tiegs headshot, winner of NFPA Robotics Scholarship
I recently caught up with Spencer Tiegs, the 2017 NFPA Robotics Challenge winner. Spencer won the $40,000 scholarship ($10,000 per year for four years) for his work in using fluid power in his team's FIRST® Robotics competition robot when he was senior in high school. He is using this scholarship to attend the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) Mechanical...

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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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NFPA Foundation Update
  By Eric Lanke NFPA President/CEO The latest CEO video is a re-recording of the presentation I gave at the 2017 Industry and Economic Outlook Conference. The presentation covers basic information and updates from the past year at the NFPA Foundation, including: Continued strength in the Fluid Power Action Challenge program. A successful first cycle...

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Fluid Power Action Challenge at Wojanis
In spring, Wojanis Supply Company sponsored a Fluid Power Action Challenge in Pennsylvania, which hosted 33 teams and 132 students. The event caught the attention of The Sprout Fund, a nonprofit organization supporting innovative ideas and grassroots community projects that are catalyzing change in Pittsburgh. The Sprout Fund featured the Fluid Power Action Challenge in their Make to...

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Despite, or perhaps because of, a last-minute course change, the 2017 NFPA Foundation Invitational Golf Tournament was a great success. When a deluge of rain forced the Chevy Chase Golf Club in Wheeling to close for the entire month of August, Glenview Park Golf Club welcomed NFPA with a course in beautiful condition and a...

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Daman MFG Day
Last year, in collaboration with the South Bend Regional Chamber of Commerce, Daman Products opened their doors for Manufacturing Day 2016. They are expecting a repeat performance this year, hosting an anticipated 90 students through three facility tours. Students were given a handout that outlined the traits they look for in employees, job opportunities, and an...

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