Category Archives: Education

Fluid Power Challenge Our Future
Wojanis Supply Co, Inc., held a Fluid Power Challenge event on April 25, 2014 at California University of Pennsylvania, with 22 teams competing. Kristine Coblitz from the Fluid Power Journal attended and interviewed NFPA member, Judy Wojanis, and others for her article, read the full story here. For more information on sponsoring, hosting, or learning...

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GADgET Girls Camp
GADgET Summer Camp (Girls Adventuring in Design, Engineering & Technology) was held at Triton College in River Grove, IL for two weeks in June. Twenty girls participated with ages ranging from twelve to sixteen years old. GADgET is designed to introduce female youth to the world of manufacturing through hands-on projects, site visits to manufacturing...

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Faces_of_FP_Jonathan-Meyer
I’ve written before about the Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power (CCEFP)—the network of fluid power research laboratories, academic faculty, graduate and undergraduate students at seven universities—that is making a difference when it comes to preparing a better educated workforce for the fluid power industry. The CCEFP has created a 500% increase in the...

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NFPA Fluid Power Career Video
One of the students who worked on an NFPA Education and Technology Foundation-funded project wrote a blog which is featured in Design News. In his blog, Ian Meissner, a student at Lawrence Technological University, talks about the fluid-powered gantry crane and his plans to pursue a career in industrial engineering. To read Ian's blog, click here....

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Faces_of_Fluid_Power_Meghan_Miller
I’ve written before about the Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power (CCEFP)—the network of fluid power research laboratories, academic faculty, graduate and undergraduate students at seven universities—that is making a difference when it comes to preparing a better educated workforce for the fluid power industry. The CCEFP has created a 500% increase in the...

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As of July 1, 2014, NFPA will be taking grant applications to fund new Fluid Power Challenge events. Schools can apply for grants up to $3,500—challenge kits cost $175 each, so NFPA would cover that cost for up to twenty teams. The NFPA Fluid Power Challenge is a competition that challenges students to solve an engineering...

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Chattanooga_State Community College
Chattanooga State Community College in Chattanooga, Tennessee was recently featured in a blog in Bloomberg BusinessWeek. The blog highlights the hydraulics program at Chattanooga State, and points out the importance of local employers working together with community colleges to produce a skilled workforce for the future. Click here to read the blog. Alro Steel -...

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CCEFP_GA_tech_Mark_Elton
I’ve written before about the Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power (CCEFP)—the network of fluid power research laboratories, academic faculty, graduate and undergraduate students at seven universities—that is making a difference when it comes to preparing a better educated workforce for the fluid power industry. The CCEFP has created a 500% increase in the...

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Students in the ME2110: Creative Decisions and Design class at the Georgia Institute of Technology used pneumatic actuators and control valves to make monkeys fly during a design competition. The project was made possible by a teaching grant from the NFPA Education and Technology Foundation, and the use of pneumatics. The ME2110 course consists of...

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