THE FLUID POWER ACTION CHALLENGE
The idea for the Fluid Power Challenge came from the desire of Fluid Power Associations, partners in the business of manufacturing, supplying and distributing products and expertise wherever fluid power is used, to inform students in schools about their technology.
As the project grows through the hard work of the NFPA Education and Technology Foundation more and more middle and high school students get to use fluid power to make a moving device that serves a particular purpose.
Eric Lanke, NFPA President and CEO, introduces the Fluid Power Challenge in its early days at Harper College, IL.
The Fluid Power Action Challenge Event Kit
The materials Mechanical Kits Ltd. supplies are all that is required for a team of four students to participate in a Fluid Power Action Challenge, using either the Community Wide or the In-School formats. Known as the Challenge Event Kit it consists of different kits packaged separately in three boxes: The Workshop kit, the Tools kit and the Challenge kit.
During a Community Wide event the students use the Workshop kit and the Tools kit on the Workshop day. During the first half the students build two small devices, the Lifter and the Rotating Platform using some of the tools in the Tools kit. In the second half of the day the Challenge scenario is introduced and the students are made aware of what is required of them to meet the Challenge.
After the Workshop Day the students take away the same set of materials they will use on the Challenge Day to practice on. Using these materials they will design their solution to the Challenge recording their ideas, explorations, considerations and processes in a portfolio.
On the Challenge Day they use their portfolio and their tools, and the new set of materials they receive there, to meet the Challenge!