NFPA and Triton College Help Illinois Scouts Experience Fluid Power

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 jfoster@nfpa.com to start a conversation.   

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