Members Start School Year Strong with Fluid Power Challenge Events

NFPA Fluid Power Challenge veterans started the school year out with a bang! The Challenge is a competition that challenges middle school students to solve an engineering problem using fluid power. They work in teams of four to design and build a fluid power mechanism and then compete against other teams in a timed competition. The students learn about teamwork, problem-solving and perseverance. In addition, they have lots of fun.

Here are the events that took place last fall and winter.

  • Caterpillar in Joliet, IL: This is Caterpillar’s second year of hosting and they brought in 27 teams.
  • Deltrol in Palatine, IL: Deltrol has hosted seven events and this year brought in a record 85 teams.
  • Daman in South Bend, IN: Daman has hosted six events and this year brought in 28 teams.
  • Milwaukee School of Engineering: MSOE has hosted eight events and this year brought in 29 teams.

All of these members and partners invest in the NFPA Fluid Power Challenge – financially and with their time – and for this, we thank them immensely. They are helping to make students aware of fluid power technology and think about fluid power as a career path.

Other Challenge events took place at Eisenhower Middle School in Hoffman Estates, IL and in Fayette County, PA, hosted by the Pennsylvania Small Business Education Fund.

For more information about the Fluid Power Challenge or to learn how to host one of your own, contact Lynn Beyer at lbeyer@nfpa.com or (414) 778-3364.

Recent Posts

View the Latest Economic Update Webinar Featuring Patrick Luce of ITR Economics

NFPA’s latest Economic Update Webinar recording is now available to all members for free. See the latest insights from Patrick Luce of ITR Economics on global issues, the US economy, interest rates, inflation, and more. Patrick also speaks to the latest fluid power forecasts from 4th quarter ITR forecast report. View the webinar, download slides,…

Read More

Faculty at Iowa State University Presents the Off-Highway Vehicle Chassis Dynamometer Laboratory

Iowa State University faculty, Dr. Brian Steward was team leader in designing and creating the Off-Highway Vehicle Chassis Dynamometer Laboratory (Dyno Lab). Located in the heart of the Midwest, it is an excellent tool for manufacturers and students within the area. This Dyno lab will be one of few facilities used to test large farm…

Read More

Get to Know Your Staff – Carrie Berger, Administrative Manager

Carrie Berger Administrative Manager, National Fluid Power Association As the Administrative Manager here at NFPA, I wear a lot of different hats around the association. I have been here almost three years and have grown in my position over that time. I coordinate staff events as well as help plan and prepare for many of…

Read More