NFPA Supports Canadian Fluid Power Challenge Team

The Canadian Fluid Power Challenge is a partnership of the Canadian Fluid Power Association and the Toronto District School Board. Much like the NFPA Fluid Power Challenge, the Canadian Fluid Power Challenge is intended to provide eighth grade students with hands-on experience building a mechanism with real world applicability. The event also opens their eyes, and those of their teachers, to the world of engineering careers and in particular, careers in fluid power.

At this event, students from nineteen west Toronto middle schools were asked to design and build fluid power devices, actuated by water-filled syringes to pick up a wooden cylinder and place it on one of three shelves. They were evaluated on a set of criteria including the number of cycles completed and the quality of their design portfolios.

The NFPA Fluid Power Challenge was adopted after seeing the great success that the Canadian Fluid Power Association had with this event. This year, NFPA sponsored a team at the Canadian Fluid Power Challenge – C.R. Marchant Public School.

We thank the Canadian Fluid Power Association for their help in getting the NFPA Fluid Power Challenge started and we look forward to more collaboration.

For more information about hosting, sponsoring or judging a Fluid Power Challenge event, contact Lynn Beyer at or (414) 778-3364.

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