The NFPA Fluid Power Challenge consists of a
Workshop Day and a Challenge Day.
During the Workshop Day, the teams learn about fluid power by building a pneumatic lifter and develop the skills they will need for the competition. At the end of the Workshop Day, they take their kits, including tools and supplies, back to school. Over the next few weeks, the teams work on the Challenge scenario and design, develop a portfolio, and build and test a prototype for their fluid power mechanisms.
The teams come together again on Challenge Day. They use the same tools and an
identical kit of supplies to recreate their unique mechanisms, which they use in the competition to pick
up weighted objects, and place them on a platform. Teams are graded in a number
of areas, including total points, portfolio ideas, design and teamwork.
Through the Challenges, NFPA hopes to encourage students to select more mathematics and science courses in their high school curricula and to keep their options open for technology-based post-secondary studies.
What will you need to participate?
A team, or multiple teams, of four students
(at least two girls per team preferred)
A desire to learn about hydraulics and pneumatics
The NFPA Fluid Power Challenge can be held as an "event" competition at schools, universities or fluid power companies (as described above), or in a classroom setting. For further information, contact Carrie Tatman Schwartz, Program Manager, at
firstname.lastname@example.org, or (414) 778-3347.
See highlights from past Challenges
2010 NFPA Fluid Power Challenge
2009 NFPA Fluid Power Challenge
NFPA Fluid Power Challenge
May 2008 NFPA Fluid Power Challenge
Support upcoming NFPA Fluid Power Challenges
Your support is necessary to bring this innovative program to students.
Individual donations are welcome.
Industry sponsorship is also an excellent opportunity for companies to participate in this valuable program while helping to generate interest in fluid power at the very important middle school level.