National Fluid Power Challenge

The national version of the Fluid Power Challenge allows students anywhere in Canada to participate. Logistically, it is much less complex than a Local Challenge because it allows single participating schools to go through the whole process independently of the other schools involved.

The National Challenge starts with a teacher guiding a class of students, broken into four-member teams, through a set of Workshop Lessons which can take place over a number of days or weeks. These reinforce the students’ knowledge of fluid power concepts, introduce them to the tools and materials they can use to build devices and give them some practice building simple fluid power devices.

In the last few Workshop Lessons each team focuses on designing, building, testing, fine-tuning and documenting the design of a device intended to solve the current year’s Challenge Scenario. Based on an evaluation of the work done for the Challenge Scenario, the teacher will select a team of four students that will proceed to the Challenge Day activities.

On the Challengchallenge-1e Day, which takes place within one or two weeks of the end of the Workshop Lessons, the selected team, with a fresh set of building materials and their portfolio to work from, has three hours to build, test and refine their device. Then the team demonstrates their device during a two-minute period that is recorded (and, hopefully, takes place in front of as large an audience as possible at the school).  

Still images, the demonstration video and the design portfolio are submitted to a national panel of judges by a specified deadline date for evaluation. The judges will score each team’s efforts and enter these scores on a master sheet. The team with the highest total score will be declared the overall Canadian National Fluid Power (CNFP) Challenge winner.  The team with the highest portfolio score will also receive an award. 

How to register for the 2017 CNFP Challenge

In this first year of our National Challenge, we are restricting entries to six teams outside of the Greater Toronto Area and trying to get participation from as wide a geographic area as possible. Of course, our intention is to increase the number of teams in future years substantially.

Teachers can register a team for the 2017 CNFP Challenge by completing the registration form and submitting it to the  The registration fee per team is $100.  Please make out your cheque to Canadian Fluid Power Association, 25-1250 Marlborough Court, Oakville, ON, L6H 2W7.

What will you get and what additional costs may be involved?

For your registration fee you will receive sufficient materials for a class of up to 28 students to do the Workshop activities and the final team of four to build a device that meets the requirements of the Challenge Scenario.  For a class of 28, these materials cost $495.  The $395 that is in excess of your school’s $100 registration fee will be covered by the Canadian Fluid Power Association and/or a local sponsor.

Additional Costs

The cost for each additional four students taking part in the Workshop activities will be $60.

A tool kit is not included as it is assumed most schools signing up will have a workshop or access to tools. However, a basic toolkit (mitre board, kerf saw and four safety glasses) are available for $40.


Links to further information about files related to participating in the National Challenge can be found here.

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