Category Archives: NFPA Foundation

Spencer Tiegs, the 2017 NFPA Robotics Challenge Scholarship winner, interviewed with and was hired as a summer intern by NFPA member, HUSCO International. Spencer will be working as a Design Engineering intern on the Automotive Design team this summer. He won the Robotics Challenge $40,000 scholarship ($10,000 per year for four years) for his work in...

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Price Engineering routinely invites groups of 10-20 students to their Hartland, Wisconsin facility for interactive, real-life learning experiences. Upon arrival at the facility, students learn what fluid power is, where it's used, and what type of careers are available. As students walk through the manufacturing area, they see a video demonstration of Price Engineering's machines...

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In November, the Workforce Development team exhibited at the National Science Teachers Association area conference in Milwaukee to discuss NFPA's programs with educators. As a result, a middle school teacher from AFC school district in Illinois applied for and received a $500 grant made possible through NFPA's Education and Technology Foundation. Here are some key...

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NFPA member news
    By Eric Lanke NFPA President/CEO Last week, I went to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for the Council of Manufacturing Associations’ (CMA) leadership conference, held in conjunction with the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM). As a CMA Board Director, these meetings give me the opportunity to connect with other association presidents and CEOs in the manufacturing...

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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 teacher’s manual, as well as simulation software called Automation Studios....

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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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