Tightest competition ever at 2009 Canadian Fluid Power Challenge

Mike Edwards
June 11, 2009
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TORONTO - One point is all that separated the two tops teams at the ninth annual Canadian Fluid Power Challenge, held May 2009 in Etobicoke. The devices built by the winning team from Hodgson Senior Public School (pictured right) and runner-up Lambton Kingsway Junior Middle School were among the most successful in the event’s history based on the number of cycles completed within the two minute demonstration period.
Caption: The Canadian Fluid Power Challenge team from Hodgson Senior Public School (right) in Toronto won the 2009 competition.

Students from 18 west Toronto middle schools were asked to design and build fluid-power devices to pick up a cylinder and place it on a stepped platform. They were evaluated on a set of criteria including the number of cycles completed, the quality of their design portfolios and how little material they used to build their devices.

“It was really exciting to see two teams go head-to-head at that level,” observed Steve Rogers of Kidder-Technology Teaching Systems who acts as facilitator for the challenge. “But we were also pleased that so many schools were able to complete a full pick-and-place cycle or demonstrate gripping capability or motion in one or more axes. They all achieved some degree of success.”

The challenge is a partnership of the Canadian Fluid Power Association (, Kidder - TTS (, and the Toronto District School Board is intended to provide Grade 8 students with hands-on experience building a mechanism with real world applicability and to open their eyes and those of their teachers to the world of technology careers.

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