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1 NFPA Fluid Power Challenge Workshop Day – April 18, 2008 Challenge Day – May 9, 2008 “The Challenge is meant to complement the fluids section in many science and technology curricula and gives students the hands-on experience of designing, building and demonstrating a fluid-power based mechanism to solve an assigned problem.” Bryan Kind - Kettle Moraine High School Technology and Engineering Instructor

2 Workshop Day April 18, 2008 Kettle Moraine High School The Workshop Day brought the 8th grade teams together to learn about fluid power and develop the skills needed for the competition. Steve Rogers, the facilitator for the Canadian Fluid Power Challenge, worked with the teams during the workshop. “This is so cool!” Kettle Moraine Middle School student

3 The Teams Hmong American Peace Academy (HAPA Heroes) Sheng Yang, Koyoua Vang, Teacher Scott Jex, Dan Vue and Peter Xiong (left to right) Luxemburg-Casco Middle School Loren Le Fevre, Amber Clark, Teacher Joe Kempke, Emily Brunette and Ryvkah Andersen (left to right) Kettle Moraine Middle School Corinne Guillama, Ryan Nihoris, Jamie Quinn, Cole Harris and Teacher Walter Dombrowski (left to right) Team 4: Kettle Moraine Middle School Reggie Peters, Maddie Churches, Dylan Homnth and Sarah Smith (no picture available)

4 Steve Rogers welcomes the teams to the Workshop Day

5 After instructions from Steve, the teams get to work on building a pneumatic lifter.

6 Hmong American Peace Academy Team (HAPA Heroes) build their pneumatic lifter

7 Luxemburg-Casco Middle School build their pneumatic lifter

8 Construction of the pneumatic lifter

9 Steve Rogers demonstrates the pneumatic lifter and offers advice on the challenge

10 The Challenge SCENARIO: You are a team of highly trained experts in the field of Explosive Materials Handling. Your firm has been commissioned to design a controlled hydraulic- powered device that will safely move containers of highly explosive material between two storage areas that lie across a deadly canyon. THE CHALLENGE: The assignment for your team is to design and build a model that picks up containers from one storage area (1), rotates to a position facing a second storage area (2), and then deposits the containers into the second area. Dropped containers can’t be recovered. Your task will be to transport as many containers as possible between the two storage areas in time frame of three (3) minutes.

11 Starting to design a fluid power mechanism for the challenge

12 Tom Wanke, professor at Milwaukee School of Engineering, talks to the group about careers, research, college internships and the future of fluid power.

13 The teams will now take their kits, including tools and supplies, back to school to work on the challenge scenario and design, build and test a prototype. They will then refine and redesign their prototype and use the updated design to build their fluid power mechanism during the Challenge Day, May 9th. “The Fluid Power Challenge held at Kettle Moraine High School was a great experience. All of my students were fired up to get working on the Fluid Powered Arm.” Joe Kempke – Teacher at Luxemburg-Casco Middle School

14 Challenge Day May 9, 2008 Kettle Moraine High School The NFPA Fluid Power Challenge will ask students to design and build fluid-power mechanisms that will pick-up a container from one platform, rotate to face a different platform and then deposit the container onto that second platform. The number of pick-and-place cycles a school’s machine completes in the demonstration time will be used to calculate the final evaluation.

15 The Judges Tom Wanke – Milwaukee School of Engineering (Head Judge) Steve Gluck – Sauer-Danfoss Inc. Ed Howe – Enfield Technologies Dwight Stephenson – HUSCO International, Inc. The judges talked with students about their designs, decisions, teamwork and reviewed their portfolios.

16 Morning of the Challenge Day Students build their fluid power mechanism and talk with judges. Teachers toured HUSCO International, Inc. Dwight Stephenson – HUSCO International, Inc. talks with the students from Hmong American Peace Academy (HAPA Heroes).

17 Hmong American Peace Academy (HAPA Heroes)

18 Tom Wanke, Milwaukee School of Engineering, talks with students from Luxemburg-Casco Middle School.

19 Luxemburg-Casco Middle School

20 Steve Gluck, Sauer-Danfoss Inc., talks with students from Kettle Moraine Middle School.

21 Kettle Moraine Middle School

22 Judges Steve Gluck, Sauer-Danfoss Inc., and Ed Howe, Enfield Technologies, confer on a portfolio.

23 More building – no time even for lunch!

24 Kettle Moraine Middle School

25 Luxemburg-Casco Middle School

26 Hmong American Peace Academy (HAPA Heroes)

27 After lunch – Testing Luxemburg-Casco Middle School

28 The 3 Minute Challenge Luxemburg-Casco Middle School

29 Luxemburg-Casco Middle School

30 The 3 Minute Challenge Hmong American Peace Academy (HAPA Heroes)

31 Hmong American Peace Academy (HAPA Heroes)

32 The 3 Minute Challenge Kettle Moraine Middle School

33 Kettle Moraine Middle School

34 The Winner …moving 17 canisters in 3 minutes… Luxemburg-Casco Middle School

35 1 st Place Luxemburg-Casco Middle School

36 2 nd Place Kettle Moraine Middle School

37 3 rd Place Hmong American Peace Academy (HAPA Heroes)

38 Congratulations to each team! Each team managed to move at least one canister. Team members also received Certificates of Achievement. “Bestest challenge ever!” “Neat!” “Fun!” “This is so cool!” Student quotes

39 Thank you to the sponsors Air Logic Alro Steel Corporation Command Controls Corp. Deltrol Fluid Products Enfield Technologies HUSCO International, Inc. OEM Off-Highway The Oilgear Co. Sauer-Danfoss Inc.

40 Thank you also to Bryan Kind - Kettle Moraine High School Technology and Engineering Instructor And his students: KM Robotics, Team 2077 and Team 1988

41 Mark your calendar The next NFPA Fluid Power Challenge will be held at the Milwaukee School of Engineering Dates: Workshop Day – November 14, 2008 Challenge Day – December 12, 2008 Contact Tammy Molter at or for more information.


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