Wojanis Action Challenge Pivots to Engage Students

During the first half of the 2019-2020 school year; NFPA saw strong growth in student engagement for the Action Challenge program in addition to growing industry participation in the program. The program’s growth slowed going into the second half of the school year due to the COVID-19 outbreak, but thanks to some innovative ideas from our education and industry partners, students were able to make the most of their time with the program.

In one example from Pennsylvania, Wojanis Supply Company reorganized their Workshop Day (the first day primarily focused on giving students their initial opportunity to experiment with building the mechanical kits) into a full experience to give the students some real-life business education as well. Student teams were formed into mock companies with each member given key responsibilities integral to the success of their team. Each “company” was tasked with providing a proposal and demonstration that was to be reviewed by a Board of Directors. The “companies” were also held accountable by providing progress reports regarding their proposal. A Wojanis representative at the event reported that their reorganized day, along with a smaller student group, helped create more engagement and excitement among the students.

This past school year has more than its fair share of hurdles, and NFPA values the hard work that all our education and industry partners put into their Action Challenges. We are looking forward to working closely with our partners in the upcoming school year as we begin to lay plans for new and engaging fluid power challenges.

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