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Turning Point Academy team wins county’s first Fluid Power Challenge

posted Jan 9, 2015, 1:42 PM by Greg Shull
Cleveland Community College and Cleveland County Schools hosted the county’s first National Fluid Power Association (NFPA) Fluid Power Challenge on Friday, January 9, 2015 at Cleveland County School’s Central Services.

The Fluid Power Challenge is a competition that challenges eighth-grade students to solve an engineering problem using fluid power technology (hydraulics and pneumatics).

The competing teams included Turning Point Academy, Kings Mountain Middle, Shelby Middle, and Crest Middle schools. The students spent the morning working in four-person teams designing and building a fluid power mechanism that could pick up an object from one platform, rotate it, and place it on another platform. In addition to the number of pick-and-place cycles the schools’ machines completed, the judges also reviewed each team’s design approach, teamwork, and portfolio.

The Turning Point Academy team’s mechanism outperformed all others by a significant margin, making them the county’s inaugural Fluid Power Challenge winners.

About The Fluid Power Challenge
The program is designed to introduce students, and their teachers, to the world of engineering and fluid power careers.

Through the Challenges, the 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 event was made possible by a grant Cleveland Community College received last year from the NFPA.

2015 Fluid Power Challenge