Tag Archives: Fluid Power Action Challenge

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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MSOE Fluid Power Action Challenge 2017-18
Our very first Fluid Power Action Challenge launched with just four teams in 2008. Tom Wanke, CFPE and Director of Fluid Power Industrial Consortium and Industry Relations at Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) has been a strong supporter and partner of this program since the very beginning when he came to help facilitate the Workshop...

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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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FORCE America teamed up with Alexandria Technical and Community College again this year to sponsor a Fluid Power Action Challenge. In addition to the Challenge, the company hosted a tour of their facility for attending teachers. This year's event was a sizeable one. Together with mechatronics department at Alex Tech, FORCE America provided judges for the...

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This spring, Husco sponsored and provided judges for a Fluid Power Action Challenge hosted at Waukesha STEM Academy. Current Action Challenge organizers Matt and James from Waukesha STEM Academy participated in the Challenge held at MSOE for a few years. They realized they had the space in their gymnasium and connected with Husco to start their...

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Donations, whether made to the NFPA Foundation to support grant and scholarship programs or directly to the schools themselves, help bring fluid power equipment and education to more students, which in turn helps strengthen the fluid power industry. One company making a difference in fluid power education is Caterpillar, which made a $40,000 donation to South...

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Joliet Fluid Power Action Challenge
  By Eric Lanke NFPA President/CEO On April 28, 2017, I attended the Fluid Power Action Challenge hosted by Caterpillar and Joliet Junior College in Joliet, Illinois. If you’re not familiar with the program, the Fluid Power Action Challenge is a design/build competition for eighth grade students that has them building fluid power-controlled machines and...

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Fluid Power Action Challenge logo
In March, Price Engineering and Eaton Corporation sponsored a Fluid Power Action Challenge. A parent who attended the challenge at Waukesha County Technical College wrote a gracious, detailed letter. Here are some of the many notable extracts of her experience: "My sons were over the moon excited for today's competition. They arranged for and scheduled...

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