The Fluid Power Action Challenge is a STEM-based competition that challenges middle school students to solve an engineering problem using fluid power. The events are held at Macomb Community College and are divided into two parts: a workshop day, followed by the official challenge.
Workshop Day – February 8th, 2024
On workshop day students are introduced to fluid power. They are instructed on good design concepts and division of labor. Each team then builds a lifting and a rotating device.
Challenge Day – April 11th, 2024
On challenge day teams will follow their own instructions and use a new kit of identical supplies to recreate their device. They will use this device to compete in a timed competition against their peers to test how well their device solved the engineering problem.
To start the challenge, we distribute kits to student groups of four, each kit containing materials such as wood, paper, glue, tubing, and syringes. Their mission? To engineer this year’s challenge machine, a task that demands a blend of creativity and practical application. The competition is a race against time, pushing students to master project planning, manage resources effectively, and navigate team dynamics. They’ll need to test, tweak, and explore their designs, mirroring the hands-on, real-world scenarios they might face in their future careers.
This event is all about supporting teachers and providing students with a hands-on learning experience. And let’s not forget the importance of teamwork, problem-solving, and time management skills that the students gain throughout the event.
Sponsorship & Volunteer Options
Of course, events like these don’t happen without the support of sponsors & volunteers. If you would like more information on how you can help with this event please fill out the form below.
If you’re already familiar with the event and are interested in making a financial contribution, click the graphic below to navigate to our secure donation page. Remember to select ‘other’ from the options and input ‘Fluid Power’ as the designation for your generous donation.