Students Across State Gather at U of M for Fluid Power Challenge

Updated: 01/14/2014 3:59 PM By: Megan Stewart

Photo: Photo: National Fluid Power Association

A competition between students from across the state at the University of Minnesota is aimed at teaching kids about fluid power.

The Fluid Power Challenge, put on by the National Fluid Power Association, began Tuesday morning at the St. Paul Student Center.

Fluid power uses hydraulics or a gas to convert mass into energy. Through the Challenges, NFPA hopes to encourage students to select more mathematics and science courses in their high school curricula and to keep their options open for technology-based post-secondary studies.

The eighth graders work in teams to design and build a fluid power machine and then test their devices against other schools.

The competition is comprised of 21 teams from seven schools, including Orono Middle School, Royalton High School, Washington Technology, Osakis Public Schools, North Branch Middle School, Forestview Middle School and Capitol Hill Magnet.