Through the Fluid Power Challenge, NFPA and MSOE hope 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.

The Fluid Power Challenge consists of a Workshop Day and a Challenge Day.

Workshop Day 
During the Workshop Day, the teams learn about fluid power by building a pneumatic lifter and develop the skills they will need for the competition. At the end of the Workshop Day, they take their kits, including tools and supplies, back to school. Over the next few weeks, the teams work on the Challenge scenario and design, develop a portfolio, and build and test a prototype for their fluid power mechanisms.

Check-in begins at 9 a.m. and the day ends by 12:30 p.m. 

Challenge Day
The teams come together again on Challenge Day. They use the same tools and an identical kit of supplies to recreate their unique mechanisms, which they use in the competition to pick up weighted objects, and place them on a platform. Teams are graded in a number of areas, including total points, portfolio ideas, design and teamwork.

Check-in begins at 8 a.m. and the day ends by 3 p.m.


MSOE Kern Center (1245 N. Broadway, Milwaukee, WI)

Workshop Date

Monday, Oct. 4th, 2021 - Rescheduled to April 11th, 2022

Challenge Date

Monday, Nov. 8th, 2021 - Rescheduled to May 16th, 2022


Registration opens Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021! Use the link on the right sidebar to register.

What You'll Need

  • A team, or multiple teams, of four students
  • A desire to learn about hydraulics and pneumatics