Teams compete at Fluid Power Challenge event

Team A, consisting of (from left) Morgan Loewe, Isabella Gatch, Nick Mathisen, Aidan Showalter, won the Best Design Award and finished in 4th place out of 20 teams. Click pic for more images in our gallery.

Congratulations to our three teams of freshmen who that participated recently at the NFPA Fluid Power Challenge, which is a competition where eighth graders use fluid power to solve an engineering problem.

Teams A:

  • Morgan Loewe, 9
  • Aidan Showalter
  • Nick Mathisen
  • Isabella Gatch

Team B:

  • Lizzie Sirkman
  • Trent Hernandez
  • Ricky Roman
  • Jorja Moore

Team C:

  • Mikayla Moralez
  • Ben Thone
  • Octavio Serna
  • Esmeralda Castaneda

Team A won the Best Design Award and finished in fourth place out of 20 teams.  They were also one of only three teams to score points in the competition portion!

The competition was held at Waukesha STEM Academy. Schools from across Southeastern Wisconsin participated. The DDHS teams were coached by DDHS Technical Education Teacher Carl Grunewald.

NFPA Fluid Power Challenge (website)

The NFPA Fluid Power Challenge is a competition that challenges eighth grade students to solve an engineering problem using fluid power. They work in teams to design and build a fluid power mechanism, and then compete against other teams in a timed competition.

The NFPA Fluid Power Challenge:

  • Actively engages students in learning about fluid power.
  • Gives support and resources to teachers for science and technology curriculum.
  • Creates a learning environment where math and science are fun.
  • Encourages students to acquire a diversity of teamwork, engineering and problem-solving skills.
  • Introduces eighth graders to careers in the fluid power industry.
  • Helps build a strong workforce for tomorrow.

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