Wheatland Center School students awarded first at Fluid Power Challenge at Milwaukee School of Engineering

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Students from Wheatland Center School participated in the Fluid Power Challenge at Milwaukee School of Engineering recently and four were awarded a first place.

From a news release from the school:

A group of four Wheatland students successfully navigated the Fluid Power Challenge at MSOE and were awarded first place in the portfolio potion of the competition. Eighth graders Grace Curran, Ryan Denko, Rebecca Rainey, and Ole Hanson were recognized out of approximately 40 teams from around Southeastern Wisconsin for their portfolio excellence. Eight teams from Wheatland participated and gained valuable experience in the design challenge. The NFPA Fluid Power Challenge held at the Milwaukee School of Engineering introduced students to the world of engineering and fluid power during an on-campus workshop in October where they built a pneumatic lifter. After creating prototypes in their home districts, they returned to campus to apply their knowledge and compete against other teams in a timed challenge The Wheatland teachers involved in the planning and preparation for this challenge were Kandi Horton, Amy Hanson, and Megan Zirbel. Mrs. Horton explained the challenge this way, “The Fluid Power Challenge engaged students in a month long designing and engineering project in Hydraulic and Pneumatic power.  Students constructed a machine that would grab, lift, and rotate an object using fluid power.  Along with the physical machine, students were to keep detailed notes, drawings, and iterations of their prototypes, along with conclusions about their designs in a portfolio that was evaluated by a panel of judges.  This truly was an all-
encompassing STEAM project integrating Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math” Through the challenges, the National Fluid Power Association (NFPA) hopes to encourage students to select more mathematics and science courses in their high school curricula to keep their options open for technology-based post-secondary studies. The program is sponsored by Enerpac, FORCE America, Grimstad, GS Global Resources, HUSCO International, Poclain Hydraulics, Price Engineering, Rexroth Bosch Group, Ritter Technology LLC, Sun Hydraulics, Thomas Magnete, TTP an API Heat Transfer Company, Webtec and ZF Industries. NFPA provides a forum for the fluid power industry’s channel partners—manufacturers, suppliers, distributors, customers and educators. Its 335+ U.S. and multinational members work cooperatively in advancing hydraulic and pneumatic technology through the association’s many programs and initiatives. Milwaukee School of Engineering is an independent, non-profit university with about 2,900 students that was founded in 1903. MSOE offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering, business and nursing. The university has a national academic reputation; longstanding ties to business and industry; dedicated professors with real-world experience; a 96% placement rate; and the highest ROI and average starting salaries of any Wisconsin university according to PayScale Inc. MSOE graduates are well-rounded, technologically experienced and highly productive professionals and leaders. Marty McGinley, District Administrator at Wheatland said, “I was able to see the rich learning that went into the preparation for this competition. The design work that took place to prototype these machines and document
their process was incredibly impressive. There were some tense moments as they put the final touches on their machines and stood on deck waiting to execute the task. In a brief trial students were able to see a real-world assessment and the culmination of several weeks of work. The lessons learned during this process will stay with these students for a lifetime.”

Link to the Fluid Power Challenge website http://nfpahub.com/fpc/

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