Action Challenge Grant Helps Promote In-Demand Careers

The NFPA Education and Technology Foundation awards grants of up to $500 per year to middle and high schools to help facilitate hydraulic and pneumatic instruction that introduces students to fluid power technology and career options. Schools can apply for these grants annually, and they can be used either for classroom activities or to help cover the costs associated with participating in the Fluid Power Action Challenge event.

Here is what one of many grant recipients had to say about the grant’s impact:

“The teacher and students at Alcoa High School are really grateful for the funding received from the NFPA. We were able to purchase functional mini hydraulic arm construction kits for our introductory advanced manufacturing course. This course is helping to promote in-demand careers in advanced manufacturing in our area, and the funding you provided allowed us to reinforce course standards relating to fluid power in a fun, hands-on format! We had around 65 students participate in our advanced manufacturing courses this school year… The primary student outcome was that students were able to learn concepts while being able to build a fully functional hydraulic arm. We would definitely do this activity again.”

To learn more about how your company can help support these grants or help facilitate a Fluid Power Action Challenge event in your area, please contact Stephanie Scaccianoce at

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