Some good news from the South Milwaukee School District, courtesy of Chris Daniels, work-based learning coordinator … really impressive stuff.
The Technology & Engineering Academy at South Milwaukee High School hosted another project competition on Tuesday, February 10th. The students competed in the school’s first National Fluid Power Challenge. The goal of the project is for the students to apply the principles of fluid power through scientific explorations and an engineering capstone project. The Challenge is sponsored by the National Fluid Power Association which awarded the school a $3,500 grant.
The students designed and constructed a prototype of a hydraulic arm capable of solving an engineering scenario requiring moving scale drums of rocket fuel to a safe location. They also produced an engineering design portfolio followed by an oral presentation which was evaluated by university professors and fluid power industry professionals. SMHS is the first school in the nation to compete in the Challenge at the high school level.
Volunteers and judges arrived from MSOE, Caterpillar, Poclain Hydraulics, Thomas-Magnete, Badger Meter, StemForward, and the National Fluid Power Association. Awards were given for Best Teamwork, Best Challenge, Best Portfolio, Best Presentation, Best Design, and the overall winner of the competition. The NFPA created a video of the event to be distributed to its national membership. Four students have also been invited to present their projects at the International Technology & Engineering Educators Association conference on March 26th.