On Saturday, February 4, 2023, the NFPA teamed up with Triton College, Illinois’ NFPA Fast Track Hub, and BSA’s Pathway to Adventure Council – Portage Creek District, IL, to introduce Scouts (ages 12-14) to fluid power. Triton College hosted the event, which was led by Antigone Sharris, Chair and full-time faculty of Triton’s Engineering Technology Department. Nearly twenty-five Scouts participated and gained foundational knowledge of pneumatics and hydraulics through the hands-on construction and operation of a robotic arm kit. Tim Strudeman, Portage Creek District Executive, helped the Scouts link the activity to earning a Robotics Merit Badge.
NFPA members, if you would like tips on how to introduce youth in your community to fluid power through similar hands-on activities, please contact James Foster at firstname.lastname@example.org to start a conversation.
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