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Lone Star Fluid Power Action Challenge Draws in 20 Students

Twenty middle school students recently participated in the Lone Star College Cy-Fair at The Cypress Center’s second annual Action Challenge, and a professor there had this to share about the student experience:

“The most relevant outcome for the students was that they learned what to think about when redesigning after testing and failure… We took the opportunity to discuss with them the reasons for this and what they could do to improve their design, teamwork, and preparation to be more successful next time.” – Professor Lone Star College Cy-Fair

Many thanks to the National Society of Black Engineers for sponsoring this event.

The Fluid Power Action Challenge is an event that allows middle school students to learn how to plan, think critically, work together on a team and compete against each other to solve an engineering problem using fluid power.

Students begin the program by learning about the basics of hydraulics and pneumatics. They work in teams as they experiment and design their own unique machine and compete against their peers at a timed event. The Action Challenge introduces them to careers available in the fluid power industry and creates an environment where failing is OK, because it’s the best way to learn and succeed.

To learn more about the Action Challenge or to get an event started in your community, contact Stephanie at sscaccianoce@nfpa.com.

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