Daman Products is gearing up to host the 2019-2020 Fluid Power Action Challenge (FPAC), in participation with the National Fluid Power Association (NFPA). The FPAC provides middle school students the opportunity to experience fluid power and mechanical engineering concepts while gaining hands-on experience through the design and construction of a fluid power mechanism. The FPAC inspires students to seek out mathematics and science courses in their high school curricula and open their minds to technology-based, post-secondary studies leading to careers in engineering and fluid power.
We are in our tenth year of hosting this event, and the students love the challenge! It requires them 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.
Participation has been at its best over the last four years, averaging over 130 local seventh and eighth-grade students. Past participating schools include Clay International Academy, Edison Middle School, Jackson Intermediate, Jefferson Traditional, LaSalle Academy, Marshall Intermediate, Navarre Intermediate, John Young Middle School, Jimtown Middle School, Career Academy South Bend, and Schmucker Middle School. We expect participation to increase and strive to impact even more school systems each year.
This year’s workshop will take place on October 24th and 25th with the Challenge Day on January 17th, 2020.