Students from Wisconsin, Illinois Compete in NFPA Fluid Power Challenge

DN Staff

January 9, 2009

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Students from Wisconsin, Illinois Compete in NFPA Fluid Power Challenge

More than 70 eighth-graders from Wisconsin and northernIllinois were given the task of designing and building fluid powerpick-and-place mechanisms during the National Fluid Power Assn.'s Fluid PowerChallenge held at the Milwaukee School of Engineering in December.

The students built mechanisms for picking up an object fromone platform, rotating it and placing it on a second platform, with Team A fromStarbuck Middle School in Racine, Wisconsin emerging as overallchampion.

The teams were evaluated on the number of pick-and-placecycles their machine completed, as well as on their design, portfolio and theway they worked together.

Students, who were asked to fill out "feedback forms," wrotethat they thought the challenge was "exciting," "very fun," "educational" and "openeddoors" for students to learn more, according to a NFPA press release.

Other participating Wisconsin schools include FritscheMiddle School, Hartford University School, Hmong American Peace Academy and Vieau Middle School,all in Milwaukee; Luxemburg-Casco Middle School in Luxemburg; and  New Berlin Eisenhower Middle School in NewBerlin. Participating schools from Illinoiswere Heineman Middle School in Algonquin and MarloweMiddle School in Lakein the Hills.

Two teams from Fritsche Middle School each moved11 canisters in the two-minute challenge. Team B from StarbuckMiddle School won the PortfolioChallenge, Hmong AmericanPeace Academywas named Design Champion and Heineman Middle School was awardTeamwork Champion.

The NFPA Fluid Power Challenge is intended to provide middleschool students with information about fluid power technology and hands-onexperience building a fluid power mechanism with real-world applicability, aswell as opening their eyes and those of their teachers to the world ofengineering and fluid power careers, according to the NFPA press release.

For more information on the NFPA Fluid Power Challenge, goto www.nfpa.com.

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