In December, the Florida Chapter of the International Fluid Power Society (IFPS) hosted their first-ever Fluid Power Action Challenge. The seven teams were comprised of about 30 high school students who are also involved in FIRST® Robotics. As an additional incentive, IFPS Chapter President, Jordan Kimelman, arranged for a scholarship award system for each team in support of the local schools and their robotics studies. The overall winning team was awarded $950. The teams were judged by seven Disney engineering professionals and IFPS members.
There is a strong emphasis on the portfolio portion of the Action Challenge as it serves as an important transferable skill into future careers. One team, Gra-V Robotics, scored the highest in this category, with 43 out of 45 possible points. This is what they’re evaluated on:
- Outline of the division of labor and the time available to complete the portfolio
- At least three illustrations of initial design concepts
- Detailed list of materials used
- Description of the use of principles of structural strength and stability
- Explanation of the placement of the fluid systems
- Hand-drawn isometric drawing of the portion of the prototype used to grab the object
- Hand-drawn orthographic drawings showing dimensions and construction notes
- List of alternative materials that would have been useful with reasons why they would have been
- Evaluation of prototype including the conclusions from making it
Gra-V Robotics has offered a copy of it for other students view as a sample. If you’re interested in seeing their work, you can view the full portfolio.
For more information about the fluid power Action Challenge or to get involved, contact Stephanie at firstname.lastname@example.org.