Virtual Action Challenge Materials Available

The Fluid Power Action Challenge was developed for middle school students to increase awareness of fluid power technology and to promote critical thinking, teamwork and problem-solving skills. This fun and engaging event allows students to learn the engineering design process and see their fluid power machines come to life when they meet to compete against their peers. The 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.

Programs like the Fluid Power Action Challenge are made possible in part by the generous support of industry volunteers as well as NFPA Education and Technology Foundation and Pascal Society donors. Support these efforts by making a donation.

Fluid Power Action ChallengeAs the new school year kicks off, many of our education partners find themselves facilitating their classes either partially or fully online. In response to this, NFPA has developed a fully virtual Action Challenge that can be molded to adapt to the needs of each location. The plan was developed in collaboration with Steve Rogers, founder of Mechanical Kits Ltd., to provide teams with a cohesive Action Challenge experience from the safety of their own homes. NFPA additionally developed a “hybrid” Action Challenge program to accommodate schools that are planning to have students split their time between in-person classes and distance learning.

For details or questions about our virtual, hybrid or in-person Action Challenges, contact Joe Zwier at