Engaging Students through the Fluid Power Action Challenge

The Fluid Power Action Challenge is a STEM-based competition that challenges middle school students to solve an engineering problem using fluid power. The students work in teams to design and build a fluid power mechanism and compete against other teams in a timed competition. The Fluid Power Action Challenge provides a bridge from the classroom to the community by teaching students about the technology and its applications, which creates needed visibility in the minds of tomorrow’s workforce so they can consider fluid power as a career path.

As NFPA seeks to increase the number of educated technicians and engineers in our industry, the Action Challenge aims to introduce our technology and spark interest in a fluid power educational path. With that building block established, NFPA has created workforce development pathways in several states with a high concentration of NFPA members. This program, Fast Track to Fluid Power, intends to guide students along a track that leads to careers at NFPA member companies.

Join us this spring in these excellent opportunities for NFPA members to engage directly with students. Volunteer judges are welcomed and appreciated by teachers and event organizers.

Upcoming Fluid Power Action Challenge events with our Fast Track to Fluid Power Hubs include: 

  • Master Pneumatic & Macomb Community College
    • Warren, MI 
      • Workshop Day: 1/18/23
      • Challenge Day: 3/29/23
  • Price Engineering & Waukesha County Technical College 
    • Waukesha, WI
      • Workshop Day: 2/3/23
      • Challenge Day: 3/10/23
  • Deltrol Fluid Products & Triton College 
    • River Grove, IL
      • Workshop Day: Friday 2/17/23
      • Challenge Day: Friday 4/28/23

Learn more about getting involved with Fluid Power Action Challenge events by emailing workforce@nfpa.com

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