Education Partners Complete Their 4th Annual Action Challenge Events

Cleveland County Schools in North Carolina, Purdue University, and South Milwaukee High School each hosted their fourth annual Fluid Power Action Challenge events this year.

Cleveland County Schools’ event is organized and facilitated by the district’s Career and Technical Education department. In addition to being tasked with rebuilding their prototype on Challenge Day using the design specifications in their written portfolio, students are required to present their portfolio to a panel of judges.

Purdue Polytechnic Institute and the Indiana 4-H Youth Development Program partnered again this year to sponsor and facilitate their challenge event. They hosted 16 teams on campus at Purdue’s Knoy Hall. Instead of trophies, teams that placed in any of the five categories won USB’s, tape measures, toolboxes, and other items. Many thanks to the NFPA members that served as judges for this event, Caterpillar and Proportion Air.

Teachers at South Milwaukee High School developed obstacles on their challenge layout board to elevate the complexity of the engineering problem students were tasked with solving. Students were also required to include one 3D-printed part. Teams presented their designs and portfolio contents to judges prior to competing. Afterwards, the judges from Poclain Hydraulics demonstrated their own device for students and presented a brief explanation on the placement of the fluid systems and their design considerations. Many thanks to the NFPA members that sponsored or served as judges at this year’s event, Bosch Rexroth, Caterpillar, Enerpac, Poclain Hydraulics, Thermal Transfer Products, Action Challenge advocate and education partner, MSOE, and FORCE America, for judging.

Educators are tasked with bridging the gap from the classroom to the community and the Fluid Power Action Challenge aims to introduce students to the world of hydraulics, pneumatics, and engineering, and can help put them on the path to a rewarding career in fluid power.

For more information on how to get involved with the Fluid Power Action Challenge, contact Stephanie at