Local students participate in 3rd Annual Fluid Power Challenge

Thursday, April 20, 2017
Team 1 consisting of Abigail Stroud, Maddie Gearld and Haylee Drake won Best Interview.

Two Clay County teams took part in Purdue’s 3rd Annual Fluid Power Challenge Saturday at Purdue Polytechnic Institute in Columbus, Indiana. Approximately 15 teams across Indiana came to compete.

In February, they went to a workshop to learn about pneumatics and hydraulics and their challenge. They then had eight weeks to design a machine of balsa wood and syringes to move a cylinder from point A to point B as many times as possible in two minutes.

Teams also had to prepare a portfolio.

Team 2, pictured above, with Shane Boor, Connor Loughmiller and Ben Bowman, won Best Overall.

The students were judged on their portfolio, interviews, design, challenge then overall.

Team 1, pictured at top, consisting of Abigail Stroud, Maddie Gearld and Haylee Drake, won Best Interview while Team 2, pictured above, with Shane Boor, Connor Loughmiller and Ben Bowman, won Best Overall.

All of the participants are members of the 4-Ever Achievers 4-H Club except Bowman, who is not a 4-H member.

This event is held every year for anyone in grades 6-8.

The teams thank Dick Johnson Volunteer Fire Department and the Clay County Extension Office for allowing each team a place to work for the past eight weeks and to TechniFab Products for sponsoring our team shirts.

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