FIRST® Robotics combines the excitement of sport with the precision of science and technology. Previous participants have called the event the “hardest fun you’ll ever have.” Under strict rules, limited resources, and an intense six-week time limit, teams of 20 or more students are challenged to raise funds, design a team “brand,” hone teamwork skills, and build and program industrial-size robots to play a difficult field game against like-minded competitors.
Volunteer professional mentors lend their time and talents to guide each team. Each season ends with an exciting FIRST® Championship.
Project Lead The Way (PLTW) seeks to create dynamic partnerships with our nation's schools in order to prepare a growing and diverse number of students for success in engineering and engineering technology programs.
PLTW courses are taught in all 50 states at 4,000 schools, and involve over 300,000 students.
NFPA supports these efforts by funding the development of middle and high school curriculum that is relevant to fluid power.
The National Robotics League (NRL) is a manufacturing workforce development program of the National Tooling & Machining Association (NTMA) where students design and build remote controlled robots (Bots) to face-off in a gladiator-style competition. Through the manufacturing process of Bot building, students’ imaginations are captured as they design, build and compete with their own robotic creations. Through this hands-on effort along with industry partnerships, students gain practical knowledge of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) – all essential skills for manufacturing.
The Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power (CCEFP) is an industry/academic consortium that leads the nation’s fluid power research strategy to improve existing and create new markets. It creates, promotes, and secures federal grant fluid power research funding for CCEFP supporters, and offers regular opportunities to network with students, faculty, and other industry supporters.
For more information, visit www.ccefp.org