Hydraquip Hosts First Fluid Power Action Challenge

Hydraquip recently launched their first Fluid Power Action Challenge at The Colorado STEM Academy earlier this year. Eighteen students participated in this middle school competition. The goal of the Action Challenge is not only to introduce students to the concepts of engineering and learning by experimentation, but also to show them the value of teamwork and project management.

After learning about hydraulics, pneumatics and the Challenge scenario on Workshop Day in October, student teams spent several weeks prototyping machines that rotate and lift objects while documenting their solutions in their project portfolios. The teams came together again in January and were provided an identical kit of supplies to recreate their unique device and compete against their peers.

In addition to sponsoring the event, Hydraquip provided judges that evaluated each of the teams in several categories and kept score as teams used their machines, seeing how many objects they could move in the allowed time.

Many thanks and congratulations to Hydraquip for joining the community of Action Challenge Champions that work to support these events.

To learn more about the Fluid Power Action Challenge or to get an event started in your community, contact Stephanie at sscaccianoce@nfpa.com.

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