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We expect to host 40 teams this year, and we need your help!

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. 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.


First, thank you to those who have been able to support this event in the past! We think you deserve more recognition for your support, so this year we are offering sponsorship options. You can now choose from the following:

  • Champion Sponsor: $2500 helps overall funding of the event and includes your company logo prominently displayed on the event sponsor banner and on t-shirt, 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 (limit 1)
  • Award Sponsor: $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 (limit 3).
  • T-Shirt Sponsor: $350 includes your logo on the t-shirts and the sponsor banner, our website, and social media promotions (limit 10).
  • 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.
  • Tool Box 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, social media, eblasts and at the event.



Hundreds of seventh and eighth-grade students from area schools gathered at Daman Products on January 17th, 18th, and 19th for FPAC workshop days where they were introduced to the fluid power industry and prepared for Daman's 8th Annual Fluid Power Action Challenge. Each year, teams are challenged to develop an engineering solution by creating a hydraulic or pneumatic machine using only wood, paper, glue, tubing, and syringes. Competition Day was held on March 17th at Bethel College in Mishawaka. 




02 Team 11 - LaSalle - Team-Point Winner

Team-Point Winner: Team 11 - LaSalle

 03 Team 17 - SBCA - Design Winners

Design Winners: Team 17 - SBCA

04 Team 22 - John Young - Teamwork Winner

Teamwork Winner: Team 22 - John Young

05 Team 27 - Jimtown - Overall Winner

Overall Winner: Team 27 - Jimtown



>>Click here to learn about the 2017 Fluid Power Action Challenge

>>Click here to learn about the 2015 Fluid Power Challenge

>>Click here to learn about the 2014 Fluid Power Challenge

>>Click here to learn about the 2013 Fluid Power Challenge



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.