JJC and Caterpillar Partner to Give Students Real World Engineering Experience at April 28 Fluid Power Challenge

Dozens of middle school students gathered at Joliet Junior College in late February for an introduction to fluid power engineering, and to get to know what was involved in the National Fluid Power Association’s (NFPA) Fluid Power Challenge.  They had the opportunity to build pneumatic devices that lift and rotate, and were introduced to the engineering challenge they will face on competition day, April 28, in the lower level of J-Building on the Joliet Junior College Main Campus.  

Teams competing on April 28 are from the following schools:

Aux Sable – Plainfield
Chaney-Monge Elementary
Crone Middle School
Hufford Jr. High School
Ira Jones Middle School
Manhattan Junior High

During the workshop day, engineers from Caterpillar introduced the students to fluid power. The students built a pneumatic lifter and learned about the skills needed to be successful on competition day. At the conclusion of workshop day, students took their kits, tools and supplies back to their schools. They are now working in their respective teams to build and test a prototype, develop a portfolio and prepare for challenge day, when they will return to JJC to actually construct, test, and compete with their planned prototype.

See photos from the 2015 Fluid Power Challenge 

“We are very fortunate to be partnering again with Caterpillar, Inc. for this event,” said Dean of Applied Arts, Workforce Education and Training Amy Murphy.  “Their sponsorship of this program has educated almost 200 students in the area of engineering. It is really means a lot to the students to be able to work on their projects with engineers in the field.  The Fluid Power Challenge continues to be an important outreach initiative to raise awareness and generate excitement about S.T.E.M.-related subjects as students continue their education.”

On April 28, students will gather in the morning to construct their prototypes, which will be followed by the competition. The awards ceremony is expected to be held approximately between 1:30 and 2:30 p.m.









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