Manufacturing Day 2016- Let NFPA Know if You are Taking Part!

Manufacturing Day tour

Manufacturing Day℠ (MFG Day)  is a celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers. Although Manufacturing Day officially occurs on the first Friday in October—which this year is October 7, 2016—any day can be a Manufacturing Day. It’s not too late to plan your MFG Day event! Companies and community organizations should plan…

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NFPA Member Mentors High School Students in Entrepreneurship

Larry Davis, President of Daman Products Company in South Bend, IN, believes that students should be exposed to real life entrepreneurship from real life entrepreneurs. That is why Daman mentors in the St. Joe CEO program in his community. St. Joe CEO hosted a showcase day on June 20 for prospective area high school juniors and…

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FORCE America Organizes 2nd Annual Career Exploration Day for Students

The Career and Technical Education (CTE) Booster Club, led by John Stenz and Heather Poush from FORCE America, organized the 2nd Annual Business & Technical Trades Career Exploration Day at Northfield Middle School in Minnesota this spring. Over 500 middle and high school students got hands-on experience with large equipment, had open discussions with career…

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New NFPA Fluid Power Challenge Site Launches

I was moderately upset when Instagram recently changed its format. This social media site has been a friend to me and it hurts to see an old friend that you love so much change! You will not mind the change at all when you see the new Fluid Power Challenge website. Part of our continued…

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NFPA Classroom Grant Gets Students Interested

NFPA Education and Technology Foundation

A $250 grant can go a long way. This is a thank you that I received from one Pittsburgh-area teacher whose school was awarded an NFPA grant: The Moon Area Middle School is thankful for the grant for Fluid Power Challenge Education.  We were able to purchase 9 of each of these kits: Rotational Arm, Clamp,…

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Members Start School Year Strong with Fluid Power Challenge Events

MSOE Fluid Power Challenge

NFPA Fluid Power Challenge veterans started the school year out with a bang! The Challenge is a competition that challenges middle school students to solve an engineering problem using fluid power. They work in teams of four to design and build a fluid power mechanism and then compete against other teams in a timed competition.…

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Fluid Power Student Profile: Oscar Pena, Jr.

CCEFP Student Profile, Oscar Pena Jr.

We’ve written before about the Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power (CCEFP)—the network of fluid power research laboratories, academic faculty, graduate and undergraduate students at seven universities—that is making a difference when it comes to preparing a better educated workforce for the fluid power industry. The CCEFP has created a 500% increase in the…

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NFPA, IFPS and the Future Farmers of America Conference

Future Farmers of America Conference

NFPA and IFPS shared an exhibit booth at the Future Farmers of America (FFA) Conference in Louisville, KY, October 27-30. The National FFA Organization remains committed to the individual student, providing a path to achievement in premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. Louisville was packed with 60,000 “Future Farmers” in their blue…

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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…

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High School Student Receives Internship at Price Engineering Through NFPA Student Career Connections Program

Matthew Buth. High school student at Hartland Arrowhead in Wisconsin. He’s smart and he’s funny and he loves working as an intern at NFPA member company, Price Engineering. Matthew attended an NFPA Student Career Connections event at Price and became an intern there through the event. This is a quick overview of the half-day program: Students…

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