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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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In December, the Florida Chapter of the International Fluid Power Society (IFPS) hosted their first-ever Fluid Power Action Challenge. The seven teams were comprised of about 30 high school students who are also involved in FIRST® Robotics. As an additional incentive, IFPS Chapter President, Jordan Kimelman, arranged for a scholarship award system for each team in...

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2018 FIRST Robotics Competition
The 2018 FIRST® Robotics Competition officially kicks off this Saturday, January 6. Teams will be able to begin designing and building their machines, find mentors, and learn more about this year's competition. Many NFPA members use this program as an opportunity to work as mentors to local students and get them interested in pneumatics, a method...

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Back in November, Cross Manufacturing attended the Career / Post-Secondary Expo in Hutchinson, Kansas. The organizers of the expo encouraged exhibitors to provide an interactive experience for the over 5,000 students who registered for the event. Cross Manufacturing accepted the challenge and delivered insight into the fluid power industry by allowing students to assemble a hydraulic...

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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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CCEFP Webinar
The 2017 CCEFP Webinar Series concludes next week on Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at 1:00pm EST/ 12:00pm CST. This final webcast of the year will cover the CCEFP State of the Center. Registration is required to attend this free webcast. Interested NFPA members should sign up for the webcast by following this link. After registering, you will receive a...

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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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