The national version of the Fluid Power Challenge allows students anywhere in Canada to participate. Logistically, it is much less complex than a Local Challenge because it allows single participating schools to go through the whole process independently of the other schools involved.
The National Challenge starts with a teacher guiding a class of students, broken into four-member teams, through a set of Workshop Lessons which can take place over a number of days or weeks. These reinforce the students’ knowledge of fluid power concepts, introduce them to the tools and materials they can use to build devices and give them some practice building simple fluid power devices.
In the last few Workshop Lessons each team focuses on designing, building, testing, fine-tuning and documenting the design of a device intended to solve the current year’s Challenge Scenario. Based on an evaluation of the work done for the Challenge Scenario, the teacher will select a team of four students that will proceed to the Challenge Day activities.
On the Challenge Day, which takes place within one or two weeks of the end of the Workshop Lessons, the selected team, with a fresh set of building materials and their portfolio to work from, has three hours to build, test and refine their device. Then the team demonstrates their device during a two-minute period that is recorded (and, hopefully, takes place in front of as large an audience as possible at the school).
Still images, the demonstration video and the design portfolio are submitted to a national panel of judges by a specified deadline date for evaluation. The judges will score each team’s efforts and enter these scores on a master sheet. The team with the highest total score will be declared the overall Canadian National Fluid Power Challenge winner. The team with the highest portfolio score will also receive an award.
How to apply for the 2020 National Challenge
Due to resource constraints we can only accept a limited number of schools for our National Challenge. Preference will first be given to schools who participated in the 2019 competition. Then we will accept schools based on location (we want representation from as many different parts of Canada as possible) and finally based on the dates that the applications are received. So get your applications in today!
Teachers can apply for the 2020 Challenge by completing Part 1 of the Team Application Form found on the National Challenge Resources page (see link below) and submitting it to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than December 1, 2019. You will be advised of your status no later than December 6, 2019.
Once your registration has been accepted, you will be asked to complete Part 2 of the registration process by mailing a cheque for $125 for each class participating in the challenge at your school made out to the Canadian Fluid Power Association to146 Delarmbro Drive, Erin, ON, N0B 1T0.
You will then have until May 15, 2020 to submit your team’s portfolio and a video or their two-minute demonstration along with Part 3 of the registration form.
What will you get and what additional costs may be involved?
For each $125 registration fee you will receive sufficient materials for a class of up to 28 students to do the Workshop activities and the final team of four to build a device that meets the requirements of the Challenge Scenario. For a class of 28, these materials cost $545. The $420 that is in excess of the class registration fee will be covered by the Canadian Fluid Power Association and/or a local sponsor.
The cost for each additional four students taking part in the Workshop activities will be $60.
A tool kit is not included as it is assumed most schools signing up will have a workshop or access to tools. However, a basic toolkit (mitre board, kerf saw and four safety glasses) are available for $45.
Links to further information about files related to participating in the National Challenge can be found here.