About the Competition
Where: Chagrin Falls Middle School
When: Friday January 13, 2017 and Friday March 10, 2017
Who: 8th graders in teams of 4
- 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.
A Two Day Competition
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.
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