When many people think of automation and control, they think of electrically driven devices. But fluid power was one of the early types of power transmission methods for automation and control of various devices. It continues to play a large role in current and planned applications.In a fitting display of educational outreach for an organization that represents this core automation and control technology, the National Fluid Power Association (NFPA) is spearheading a project with the Discovery World science museum in Milwaukee, WI. Discussions held with the museum focused on ways the NFPA and the museum can work together to:
• create a new set of interactive exhibits that introduce fluid power and teach its basic concepts;
• incorporate and highlight fluid power in Discovery World’s other major exhibits; and
• include fluid power challenge kits and exercises in the museum’s educational program workshops.
NFPA focused on Discovery World because it, like science museums in many communities, is a focal point for young people with an interest in science and engineering. Thus the NFPA believes that increasing fluid power’s footprint in the museum’s exhibits and outreach education programs is an important initiative for introducing fluid power technology and industry to future engineers.
To become involved in an extension of the program in your community, contact Eric Lanke at firstname.lastname@example.org or (414) 778-3351.
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