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The NFPA Education and Technology Foundation awards grants to middle and high schools to facilitate hydraulics and pneumatics instruction. Grant awards defray the costs related to the educational aspects of the Fluid Power Action Challenge Program—either for the fluid power kits for classroom use or for participation in the Fluid Power Action Challenge event. Below...

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Spencer Tiegs headshot, winner of NFPA Robotics Scholarship
Last fall, I contacted Spencer Tiegs, the 2017 Robotics Challenge Scholarship winner, to find out if he had secured a summer internship. When I found out that he was currently searching for internship opportunities, I emailed all of our local Milwaukee area members and let them know. HUSCO replied and set up an interview with Spencer...

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NFPA News
With the support of our membership and education partners, the Fluid Power Action Challenge event introduced almost 2,000 students to fluid power technology in 2018 and its tenth year of operation. The origin of the Action Challenge began with Steve Rogers of Mechanical Kits LTD. In an interview with Steve, he told me about his...

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On June 26 and 27, six high school teachers from four local high schools attended the FAMTEN (Fluid Power and Applied Mechatronics Training and Employment Network) high school teacher training held at Waukesha County Technical College in Wisconsin. Four local NFPA member companies attended the training and/or the networking lunch to connect with the teachers. The...

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MFG Day
NFPA recently registered for the second year in a row to endorse MFG Day. This year's MFG Day will be Friday, October 5. Manufacturing Day℠ is a celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers. NFPA supports events like these both through our own programs and by promoting programs that align...

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Jacob Barnes headshot
Jacob Barnes of Orcutt, California, is the winner of the 2018 NFPA Robotics Challenge Scholarship. This scholarship program awards $40,000 ($10,000 per year for four years) to a high school senior who participates in a FIRST® Robotics or National Robotics League Competition Team and uses fluid power in the competition robot. It may be used...

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In early 2018, Wojanis Supply Company completed its seventh annual Fluid Power Action Challenge. Along with SMC Business Council, they hosted 36 student teams and invited three additional schools to compete in this year’s event. Wojanis also invites industry representatives to attend its events and last year, Komatsu Mining Corp. Group was one of those attendees....

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NFPA News
A new book, Hydraulic Pumps & Motors and Their Applications, was released earlier this year. The book, written by former NFPA member P.K. Guha, gives historical background as well as modern applications of hydraulic pumps and motors. The content is meant to help fill knowledge gaps for engineers entering the fluid power industry and to...

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Cleveland County Schools in North Carolina, Purdue University, and South Milwaukee High School each hosted their fourth annual Fluid Power Action Challenge events this year. Cleveland County Schools' event is organized and facilitated by the district's Career and Technical Education department. In addition to being tasked with rebuilding their prototype on Challenge Day using the design specifications...

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NFPA News
In partnership with NCTAP, the North Carolina Triangle Apprenticeship Program, Schmalz Inc. is in the process of visiting 20-30 schools in the greater Raleigh, North Carolina area and inviting them all to attend several open house events. These events are intended to introduce interested 11th grade students to available apprenticeship opportunities. Schmalz Inc. signs on...

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