Category Archives: NFPA Foundation

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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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 FAMTEN Network
    By Eric Lanke NFPA President/CEO As we approach a new year, many NFPA members are putting together their business plans for their next fiscal year. That makes it a great time for me to remind everyone of a new program in NFPA’s fluid power workforce development initiative, and to ask interested members to...

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NFPA exhibits at NSTA conference
This year, the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) held one of its three area conferences in Milwaukee. The conference offers advocacy and professional development opportunities for teachers, administrators, and industry partners, as well as other benefits. NFPA used this platform to get in front of over 1,900 educators across the country and promote our workforce...

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In 2015, Eastern Iowa Community College in Davenport, Iowa received a $23,000 Fluid Power Lab Grant from the NFPA Education and Technology Foundation. The school used the funds to purchase an electrohydraulic option from Hampden for existing equipment, along with the associated operating, experiment, and teachers manual, as well as simulation software called Automation Studios....

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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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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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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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