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 (www.cfpa.ca), Kidder - TTS (www.kidder.ca), 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.