Fluid Power Action Challenge
THE NEXT FLUID POWER ACTION CHALLENGE IS APPROACHING!
We expect to host 40 teams this year, and we need your help! Click the button below and make a donation to be part of something great.
THE FLUID POWER ACTION CHALLENGE IS ON!
Every once in a while, we have the opportunity to be part of something really special. The Fluid Power Action Challenge is one of those things. We are in our seventh year of hosting this event for seventh and eighth-grade area students, who will have the opportunity to experience mechanical and hydraulic engineering concepts first-hand. The students love the challenge!
Past teams report it is the hardest thing they’ve done in school, yet they loved it! We start by giving teams of four students a package containing wood, paper, glue, tubing, and syringes, we send them off to design and build this year's challenge machine which they will develop according to defined work. The competition requires students to use time management, project planning, resource management, team dynamics, testing, adjusting, and exploration
All of these elements create a real-world, hands-on experience for the students.
Student and school participation have been at its best in the last three years; averaging over 130 local seventh and eighth-grade students. Past participating schools include Clay Intermediate, Edison Intermediate, Greene Intermediate, Jackson Intermediate, Jefferson Traditional, LaSalle Academy, Marshall Intermediate, Navarre Intermediate, John Young Middle, Baugo Community Schools and Career Academy of South Bend. We expect participation to increase and impact even more school systems each year, including the Baugo Community Schools. The beauty of this Challenge is its relatively small cost per student.
$250 supports a team of four students. It is inexpensive, but we can’t do it alone. If you supported this program last year, we thank you and hope you will do so again. If you have not supported the Challenge, we hope you will become part of the financial assistance network. Please join us for the Challenge Workshop Days and the Challenge Day. Once you see the powerful impact of this program, you will understand why we continue to bring it back year after year.
Since 2008, the NFPA (National Fluid Power Association) Fluid Power Action Challenge has offered middle school students the opportunity to experience a hands-on education concerning fluid power and mechanical engineering concepts. Through The Challenge, NFPA hopes to encourage students to select more mathematics and science courses in their high school curricula and to keep their options open for technology-based, post-secondary studies.
Daman is proud to be a Silver Member of The Pascal Society.
HOW TO PARTICIPATE OR BECOME A SPONSOR
For more information about participating in or attending this year’s Fluid Power Action Challenge Day competition or about sponsoring this year’s NFPA Fluid Power Action Challenge, contact Krysten Shoulders or Matt Giloth at Daman Products at 800.959.7841.
CHALLENGE DAY PRESS RELEASE
Click here to download the 2015 Challenge Day press release.