Third annual Fluid Power Action Challenge kicks off with workshop
Eighty eighth-grade students from nine schools came together on Friday, Jan. 5, for a workshop in order to prepare for the third annual Fluid Power Action Challenge, sponsored by Alexandria-based manufacturer FORCE America, which will take place at the Alexandria Technical and Community College on Wednesday, Feb. 14.
During the workshop, students learned about fluid power, which is the use of fluids under pressure to generate, control and transmit power. Students gained knowledge through a presentation and a hands-on demonstration. At the end of the day, they were provided kits to bring back to their schools to design and test a prototype of a machine.
On Challenge Day, students will use their best design and rebuild their prototype, then compete against other schools. The goal of the machines is to grab a small, weighted cylinder and place it on a choice of three levels after rotating it, with the top level being smaller and worth the most points.
Participating schools include Alexandria, Ashby, Brandon-Evansville, Campbell-Tintah, Chokio-Alberta, Fergus Falls, Melrose, Minnewaska, Osakis and Swanville.