Fluid Power Challenge: This competition is putting kids’ engineering skills to the test

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WAUKESHA -- Kids are putting their engineering skills to the test. Chip spent the morning in Waukesha to check out some of the machines students are working on.

NFPA Fluid Power Challenge (website)

The NFPA Fluid Power Challenge is a competition that challenges eighth grade students to solve an engineering problem using fluid power. They work in teams to design and build a fluid power mechanism, and then compete against other teams in a timed competition.

The NFPA Fluid Power Challenge:

  • Actively engages students in learning about fluid power.

  • Gives support and resources to teachers for science and technology curriculum.

  • Creates a learning environment where math and science are fun.

  • Encourages students to acquire a diversity of teamwork, engineering and problem-solving skills.

  • Introduces eighth graders to careers in the fluid power industry.

  • Helps build a strong workforce for tomorrow.