NFPA Fluid Power Challenge
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: Monday, Oct 9, 2017
Challenge: Monday, Nov. 13, 2017
Where: MSOE Kern Field House
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 2:30 p.m.
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.
What will you need to participate?
- A team, or multiple teams, of four students (at least two girls per team preferred)
- A desire to learn about hydraulics and pneumatics
Check out the winning teams from the 2016 Fluid Power Challenge.