Canadain Fluid Power Association

Winners of the Bluewater Challenge – watch video clip of their demonstration

Cosburn MS – runner-up Toronto Challenge 2019 and authors of sample middle-school portfolio

The Canadian Fluid Power Challenge provides Grade 7 and 8 students with hands-on experience of building a controlled mechanism with real world applicability, and to open their eyes and those of their teachers to technology careers and, in particular, careers in fluid power.  The Challenge is an excellent complement to STEM curriculum at these grade levels.

There are two formats for Fluid Power Challenges: “Community Wide” and “In-School”. In a Community Wide Challenge a number of teams attend the Workshop and Challenge days at a common location. The In-School Challenge format is a new and exciting development that enables a school or class of students to join a Challenge with other schools or between classrooms.

Canadian fluid power competitions
Girls in fluid power competition
Girls with built fluid power model

In-School Challenge

The In-School Challenge starts with a teacher guiding a class of students, in teams, through a set of Workshop Lessons which can take place over a number of days or weeks. These reinforce the students’ knowledge of fluid power concepts, introduce them to the tools and materials they can use to build devices and give them some practice building simple fluid power devices.

After the initial lessons each team focuses on designing, building, testing, fine-tuning and documenting the design of a device intended to solve the current year’s Challenge Scenario.

In-School Challenge kits  here

CFPA Resources: Francais & English

Toronto Local Challenge

The CFPA began co-sponsoring Local Fluid Power Challenges in 2001 when the first Hilltop Challenge was held in west Toronto in conjunction with the Toronto District School Board. These have continued annually, with a two-year disruption, as the Toronto edition of the Canadian Fluid Power Challenge.




Fluid Power Action Challenges typically involve teams of Grade 7 and/or 8 students, each team with four students. They take place over two days, the Workshop Day and the Challenge Day usually separated by three or four weeks. Both events take place at the same host site which can be a school, college or sponsoring company

More information about the Toronto Challenge held at Centennial College 2023




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