At Daman, we strongly believe in improving the future of our children by cultivating leadership and innovation within our education systems. Studies show that the competitiveness of the US is linked closely to the success of our youth in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.
In efforts to improve the capacity and diversity of the STEM workforce pipeline, Daman has been sponsoring the NFPA Fluid Power Action Challenge each year since 2010. Hundreds of seventh and eighth graders from the area participate in this hands-on challenge where they design and build machines used in real-world applications.
The challenge provides students the opportunity to experience mechanical and hydraulic engineering concepts, requiring them to use time management skills, project planning, resource management, teamwork, testing, and exploration.
Past teams report it is the hardest thing they have done in school and loved it! With minimal coaching, we give teams of 4 students a package containing wood, paper, glue, tubing, and syringes, and send them off to design and build this year's challenge machine.
Each year, the participation levels of students and schools increase. Last year we had 148 students who comprised 37 teams. The following schools joined in the event: South Bend Community Schools, South Bend Career Academy, Penn-Harris-Madison Schools, John Young Middle School of Mishawaka, and Baugo Community Schools.
NEW SPONSORSHIP OPTIONS!
Champion Sponsor (limit 1): $2500 helps overall funding of the event and includes your company logo prominently displayed on the event sponsor banner and on t-shirts, recognition on our website, social media promotions, and the option to display promotional materials at the event. Daman will also cover your hotel and dinner the night before the challenge for up to two people if you decide to join us for the event.
Award Sponsor (limit 3): $1500 helps to purchase the awards and includes a large logo on sponsor banner and on t-shirt, our website, social media promotions, and an option to display promotional materials at the event.
T-Shirt Sponsor (limit 10): $350 includes your logo on the t-shirts and the sponsor banner, our website, and social media promotions.
Material Kit Sponsor: $250 helps buy materials for students used at workshop day, Challenge day, and the process of development between the two events and includes your name on the sponsor banner and our website.
Toolbox Kit Sponsor: $100 helps buy materials for the toolboxes and includes your name on the sponsor banner and our website.
In-kind and monetary donations in any amount.
All sponsors receive recognition on our website and through email.
Our goal is to raise $10,000, which will support 40 teams of students. Last year we ran 37 teams. We can't do it alone, so thank you for supporting this event!
The National Fluid Power Association promotes the Fluid Power Action Challenge. More information about the challenge can be found at http://nfpahub.com/fpc/
Workshop Days will be held January 17th, 18th, and 19th from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Location: Daman Products, 1811 N. Home St., Mishawaka, IN 46545
Fluid Power Action Challenge Competition Day is
Saturday, March 17th, 2018 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Bethel College, 1001 Bethel Circle, Mishawaka, IN 46545