Author Archives: Lynn Beyer

Noah Santoni of Richardson, Texas, is the winner of the 2019 NFPA Robotics Challenge Scholarship. The scholarship program received 76 applications this year and helps build awareness of fluid power benefits and careers among high school students. This scholarship program awards $40,000 ($10,000 per year for four years) to a high school senior who participates...

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NFPA is building resources for students at all grade levels to be educated in fluid power and working to connect these students to NFPA industry members for career information and jobs. Most recently, we have begun helping support fluid power clubs at universities in order for engineering students to explore fluid power in greater depth...

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The Vehicle Challenge has had another successful run — this year in Littleton, Colorado, hosted by Bimba, a part of IMI Precision Engineering, on April 11 and 12. Fifteen university teams from around the United States participated. And a huge snowstorm couldn't stop any of them from getting to Colorado to compete. The Vehicle Challenge...

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Bill Day of Womack
One thing that gets the NFPA workforce development staff excited is when we can connect our members to innovative students. The more NFPA members can meet with students and share their experiences and all of the opportunities that are available in the fluid power industry, the closer we get to helping solve the workforce shortage....

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The NFPA Fluid Power Vehicle Challenge is a competition that challenges college engineering students to redesign a traditional bicycle using hydraulics as the mode of power transmission. This is NFPA's third year of organizing this competition, and during this time we have seen students' discovery, energy, innovation, and frustration. We have seen great advice and...

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The NFPA Robotics Challenge is a scholarship program that supports of the missions of FIRST® Robotics and the National Robotics League (NRL). NFPA offers 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 2019 FIRST® Robotics or NRL Competition Team. This scholarship may be used to study engineering...

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FAMTEN
The Fluid Power and Applied Mechatronics Training and Employment Network (FAMTEN) is a new fluid power workforce development pathway that creates strong connections between local technical colleges, industry partners, and high school teachers. NFPA's first FAMTEN Hub School is Waukesha County Technical College (WCTC) in Waukesha, Wisconsin. The pathway covers multiple education levels in the...

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NFPA's 2018 Robotics Challenge Scholarship winner, Jacob Barnes, is diving into college life at California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly). I caught up with him a few weeks ago and this is what he had to say about his activities so far: "Things are going great here at Cal Poly. It's about a month into our...

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Collaboration
When it comes to fluid power, not all engineering degree programs are created equal. Some programs may offer multiple courses dedicated to fluid power technology, which others may include a chapter or two about fluid power in a general engineering class. But what should "teaching fluid power" mean in a university setting? Last year at...

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Fluid Power Vehicle Challenge
NFPA consistently works to increase the number of technical college and university students educated in fluid power and connect them to careers in the fluid power industry. In the university arena, we have the Vehicle Challenge, which challenges college students to redesign a traditional bicycle using hydraulics. The program, which runs from September through April, culminates...

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