Now Accepting Applications for the $40K Robotics Challenge Scholarship Stephanie Scaccianoce | October 10, 2017 The NFPA Robotics Challenge is a scholarship program that brings awareness of fluid power options in robotics to high school students and encourages increased use of fluid power products. This year’s Robotics Challenge Scholarship will also be available to high school seniors participating in the National Robotics League (NRL). In support of the missions of FIRST® Robotics and NRL, NFPA will be offering one merit-based scholarship for $40,000 ($10,000 per year for four years) to a high school senior who participates as part of a 2018 FIRST® Robotics or NRL Competition Team. This scholarship may be used to study engineering at any accredited technical college or university in the United States. Interested students should apply here! The National Robotics League (NRL) is a manufacturing workforce development program of the National Tooling & Machining Association (NTMA) where students design and build remote-controlled robots (which they call Bots) to face-off in a gladiator-style competition. Through the manufacturing process of Bot building, students’ imaginations are captured as they design, build and compete with their own robotic creations. Through this hands-on effort along with industry partnerships, students gain practical knowledge of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) – all essential skills for manufacturing. FIRST® Robotics combines the excitement of sport with the precision of science and technology. Previous participants have called the event the “hardest fun you’ll ever have.” Under strict rules, limited resources, and an intense six-week time limit, teams of 20 or more students are challenged to raise funds, design a team “brand,” hone teamwork skills, and build and program industrial-size robots to play a difficult field game against like-minded competitors. Volunteer professional mentors lend their time and talents to guide each team. Each season ends with an exciting FIRST®Championship.