In our 6th year, The Fluid Power Challenge gives 7th & 8th grade area students the opportunity to experience mechanical and hydraulic engineering concepts...and be thrilled about it. It is real world as the competition requires time management, project planning, resource management, team dynamics, working to deadlines, testing and adjusting, exploration, overcoming obstacles, and working under the pressure of a deadline.
Past teams report it is the hardest thing they have done in school and loved it! With very little coaching, we give teams of 4 students a package containing wood, paper, glue, tubing, and syringes, send them off to design and build this years challenge machine which they will design around the defined work to be accomplished.
Sound like the real world? Sound like skills that should be imbedded in school curriculum?
Last year was a record year for student and school participation, and included over 130 kids and teams from the South Bend Community Schools, The Career Academy, Mishawaka, and the ETHOS science education center. This year we expect to increase participation and impact more school systems. The beauty of this Challenge is its relative small cost per student.
$250 supports a team of 4 kids. It is inexpensive, but we can’t do it alone.
We hope you will be come part of the financial support network. And join us at either the Challenge Workshop Days Oct 8th and 9th, and/or the Challenge Day on December 4th. Once you see the powerful impact of this program you will be hooked.
The Fluid Power Challenge is promoted through the National Fluid Power Association. More information about the Challenge can be found at http://www.nfpafoundation.org/fpchallenge/index.aspx.
October 8th and 9th, 9:00AM to 1:30PM Fluid Power Challenge Workshop Days. Location: Daman Products - Founders Room
December 4th, 9:00AM to 2:00PM Fluid Power Challenge Competition Day. Location: Ivy Tech South Bend, IN