NFPA Fluid Power Challenge – It’s Not Too Late!

I have reported many times about the success of the NFPA Fluid Power Challenge program. The success is due to the passion of NFPA members to make middle school students aware of fluid power careers.

The NFPA Fluid Power Challenge is a competition that challenges middle school students to solve an engineering problem using fluid power. They work in teams to design and build a fluid power mechanism, and then compete against other teams in a timed competition.

There are twenty Fluid Power Challenge events scheduled for the 2015-16 school year. There is still time to get one started in your community this year! NFPA has many resources to help you.

The Host Mentorship program is a great example. We have eighteen hosts that are willing to help with any questions and concerns that you may have. They are experts!

NFPA offers two grants to help get fluid power going in your community schools:

Challenge Event Grant – This grant awards up to $3,500 to new Challenge organizers to cover costs associated with starting your own Challenge event. Schools are eligible to apply for this grant. NFPA members can partner with a middle/high/technical school or college to host their first Challenge.

 Classroom Activities/Challenge Grant – this grant awards up to $250 to teachers to bring fluid power classroom/challenge kits into their school.

It’s not too late! Please contact me at 414-778-3364 or for more information.

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