Getting Started

2013 DeltrolIn the Fluid Power Action Challenge, teams are asked to design and build a simple machine that uses Fluid Power to move small objects from one location to another. Over the course of several weeks, middle school students learn about fluid power with their team and have the opportunity to experiment with the Challenge materials before competing against other teams in a timed event. Points are awarded for various aspects throughout the contest –  including design, teamwork, portfolio, and of course, effectiveness of the machine built.

[The students] make amazing connections with other people. They learn how to work together and get past problems when they haven’t gotten there and that’s a skill that is very hard to teach them in a normal classroom setting – how to persevere when you hit the wall. And they come together every time no matter what. It’s amazing, so I’m really glad we discovered the program.


The goal of the Action Challenge is to not only expose students to the concepts of engineering and learning by experimentation, but also to show them the value of teamwork and project management.

Ready to learn more about the Fluid Power Action Challenge event?

blue-circle-infoEvent Overview Gives an in-depth description of what the Challenge is and what is involved.
blue-circle-clockTimeline A basic timeline that walks through the whole process of organizing a Challenge from start to finish.
Cost Calculator Use this to calculate the estimated cost of hosting an event and find out about resources that are available.
Grants NFPA offers grants to help host your Challenge event. Find out more and apply here!
Getting Buy-In Downloadable packet that contains information and testimonials to help in getting buy-in from your school administration and your students.