The Canadian Fluid Power Challenge is intended to provide Grade 7 and 8 students with hands-on experience building a controlled mechanism with real world applicability and to open their eyes and those of their teachers to technology careers and, in particular, careers in fluid power. The Challenge is an excellent complement to the science and technology curriculum at these grade levels.
At a minimum, the organizers hope that the Challenge will encourage students to select more mathematics and science courses in their high school programs to keep their options open for technology-based post-secondary studies.
The CFPA currently sponsors two types of Fluid Power Challenges.
The National Canadian Fluid Power Challenge, which is just being launched for a 2017 debut will allow teams of students from anywhere in Canada to participate. Their efforts will be judged against submissions from across the country. For more details about the National Challenge click here.
The first Local Fluid Power Challenge was held in Toronto in 2001 and, with a few interruptions beyond the CFPA’s control, has been held annually ever since. A similar Challenge was held in Edmonton for a few years but is presently dormant at that location. For more details about the Local Challenges click here.