Welcome ! At Mechanical Kits Ltd. We endeavor to ensure the best quality products are available for students who are learning, “hands-on”, about Fluid Power.

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Order Forms 2023-24NFPA Action Challenge kits, In-School Challenge kits 

Kits for Home; School Classroom kits; Da Vinci kits

The purpose of our company is to supply good quality kits and services that promote hands-on learning. We are committed to improving our products and services based on feedback we receive from our customers. We are also committed to developing new products that will be used by students in the classroom and at events such as the North American Fluid Power Challenges. We will support the use of our product by working with our customers to satisfy their needs and offering support whenever possible.

Bluewater Challenge - see video of a unique claw

Watch this MP4 video of the claw design from the Bluewater Challenge – a spring-loaded single acting cylinder – designed by the winning team – Maranatha Christian Academy from Windsor, Ontario

  • A 501 (c)(3) tax-exempt charitable organization that supports educational programs and research in fluid power
  • Mechanical Kits Ltd. supports the work of the Foundation by donating a royalty for every NFPA Challenge Event and NFPA Classroom kit sold,

Virtual Fluid Power Action Challenges

Mechanical Kits Ltd. has developed a version of the kits that can be used in a virtual setting if the students are working from home or in-school and submitting their work electronically. These kits are being used  in school programs across the USA and Canada. The kits are specially prepared with drilled components.


Watch Roy Schmoutz and volunteers introduce the Action Challenge, Franklin, PA., 2023

Fluid Power Action Challenge archive - Milwaukee School of Engineering

Thank you sponsors!

The NFPA Fluid Power Action Challenge cannot happen without the support of NFPA sponsors. They enable middle-schools students to experience the many facets of the Challenge including the design and building of a hydraulically controlled robot arm.