I recently visited the Georgia Institute of Technology to see first-hand how the NFPA Education and Technology Foundation teaching grant has inspired the increased use of pneumatic systems in the Creative Decisions and Design course. The grant has enabled the school to purchase additional components to accommodate the increased number of students enrolling in the class.
Students, working in teams, are given a kit of parts to solve a real world problem. Over the course of the semester the students design and build a mechatronic device using the supplied mechatronics and pneumatics kit. Over 240 students compete in a final competition where their designs are reviewed by industry judges and students compete head-to-head in a performance contest that will be held in April 2015. To see the 2012 competition, click here. To see the 2014 competition, click here.
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We all know that of the ways to get more fluid power-educated engineers is to increase their exposure to fluid power classes and concepts during their college careers. The NFPA Education and Technology Foundation has awarded grants to university professors to develop new curricula that can be used at their universities but, just as importantly,…
NFPA’s Fluid Power Action Challenge attracts thousands of students across the US and Canada each year. Teams of students get the opportunity to build fluid power mechanical kits using balsawood and syringes. By using the How It Works website, NFPA hopes to encourage educators and event planners to set up Fluid Power Action Challenges within their communities.
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