Author Archives: Stephanie Scaccianoce

2017 FIRST Championship
In April, the Workforce team traveled to Houston and St. Louis to promote the NFPA Robotics Challenge FIRST® Scholarship, a merit-based $40K scholarship that will be awarded to a high school senior who uses fluid power in his or her 2017 FIRST Robotics Competition robot. This year, the competition theme was Steamworks. Teams were tasked with creating a robot...

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In their third annual Fluid Power Action Challenge, Master Pneumatic and Macomb Community College hosted 108 sixth-grade students on 28 teams from Warren Consolidated School District’s Middle School Mathematics Science Technology Center [(MS)2TC]. The center is a half-day honors program for students. These sixth graders made quite the impression, and Macomb Daily featured them in...

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Parker Hannifin 2017 Fluid Power Action Challenge
In March, Parker Hannifin Corporation sponsored and provided judges for a Fluid Power Action Challenge in Ohio. Twenty-three students from Chagrin Falls and Kenston Middle Schools participated in the event in which they designed and built their own pneumatic lifter and rotational device. According to a representative from Chagrin Falls Middle School, the event was very beneficial...

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On Friday, March 31st, 72 students on 19 teams filled the gymnasium at Waukesha Community Technical College to compete against their peers in the Fluid Power Action Challenge, sponsored by Price Engineering and Eaton Corporation. But this competition day went a step further. In addition to the competition, FORCE America and Waukesha County DPW coordinated...

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NFPA's workforce team traveled to Dallas, TX for the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association's 79th Annual Conference. This was a great opportunity for the NFPA's fluid power workforce development and education initiatives to get in front of 1,500 educators and decision makers at the STEM Showcase. We were able to inform them about our...

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The Fluid Power Action Challenge has been generating significant interest among students and teachers. The classroom activity grants and our offered curriculum are helping teachers to establish a solid, ongoing, foundation for fluid power education. Here's how these resources have helped one school in Indiana. "Indiana Standards 6-8.E1, 6-8.E2 deal with engineering. The lesson provided...

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Fluid Power Action Challenge
Waukesha Community Technical College and member companies Eaton Corporation and Price Engineering recently partnered to host a Workshop Day as a part of their spring Fluid Power Action Challenge. Turnout was strong — 22 teams from seven schools participated. Students will be returning to see how their designs match up against their competitors on Challenge Day, March...

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O-Ring Student Career Connections Event
In February, NFPA member O-ring Sales and Service Inc. partnered with Inventive Engineering Solutions and hosted an NFPA Student Career Connections Program. Together, they organized a company tour for high school students at their testing facility. The company representatives were able to engage with the students and talk about careers in fluid power. The students...

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Fluid Power Action Challenge logo
This spring, North Carolina's Cleveland County Schools sponsored and provided judges for their own Fluid Power Action Challenge. This is the third year the school district has participated in the event. The May event reached dozens of students throughout the area by supporting eight teams from four different schools. It's never too soon to started on...

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