Students Dig Fluid Power at Caterpillar Action Challenge

On November 9, 2018, Caterpillar sponsored a Fluid Power Action Challenge at Joliet Junior College (JJC) in Joliet, Illinois. It was the fourth annual event for Caterpillar, who worked closely with the staff at JJC.

Altogether, 12 teams from five schools participated—Immaculate Conception School (Morris), Richard Ira Jones Middle School, Aux Sable Middle School, Washington Junior High School, and Minooka Junior High School.

The event consists of a Workshop Day and a Challenge Day. At the Workshop Day in September, the students learned about hydraulics and pneumatics. They brought their kits and tools from the workshop back to class, where engineers from Caterpillar visited and helped out as mentors.

A few weeks later, the teams came together again to compete on the Challenge Day, with the Caterpillar engineers serving as judges. Teams were judged on most points scored, most points scored in overall competition categories, and teamwork, with Aux Sable Middle School-Team 2 and Minooka Junior High School-Team 3 winning the top honors.

Many thanks to Caterpillar and JJC for holding the event. If you would like to learn more about the Fluid Power Action Challenge, or would like to start one of your own, contact Stephanie Scaccianoce at