FIRST® Robotics Competition Kicks off January 6

2018 FIRST Robotics Competition

The 2018 FIRST® Robotics Competition officially kicks off this Saturday, January 6. Teams will be able to begin designing and building their machines, find mentors, and learn more about this year’s competition. Many NFPA members use this program as an opportunity to work as mentors to local students and get them interested in pneumatics, a method of motion control which is often used in competition robots.

In recognition of this opportunity to increase interest in fluid power education, NFPA became an Alliance Partner with FIRST® Robotics. As an Alliance Partner, NFPA is a provider to the FIRST® Scholarship program. This year will be the second year that NFPA is offering one merit-based scholarship for $40,000 ($10,000 per year for four years) to a high school senior who participates on a 2018 FIRST® Robotics Competition Team and uses fluid power in their competition robot. This scholarship may be used for an engineering course of study at any accredited technical college or university in the United States. The goal of the scholarship is to bring awareness of fluid power’s role in robotics to high school students and to stimulate increased use of fluid power products in the competition.

Applications for the scholarship are due May 1st. Be sure to share this opportunity with FIRST® teams in your community and let us know if you are mentoring a team! Applications can be filled out online here.

If you have additional questions please contact Lynn Beyer at

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