4-H Fluid Power Team competes at Purdue

Congratulations to the Washington County 4-H Fluid Power Team for completing the Purdue Fluid Power Challenge on March 2.  This is the team’s first year at competing at Purdue and they performed well despite only two members being able to attend.
The Fluid Power challenge team could utilize only air (pneumatics) or water (hydraulics) to perform specified tasks.
Middle schoolers Sam LeMay, Justin Bell and Jhase Newton attended a Fluid Power workshop at Purdue’s Polytechnic Institute in early March where they learned about Fluid Power and engineering design processes.  The team began work on a design to perform the task of lifting a wood block and rotating the device to place it in a designated position.
When they returned to Washington County, a prototype of their design was built, then re-designed and re-built (several times) throughout March.  Their final design was documented in a Protocol and Design Document which was also judged.
When the team returned to the Purdue competition on March 2, the team could only use their Protocol and Design Document along with a stack of wood and basic tools to build their device in 2 hours.  Four of the 7 teams from across Indiana completed the assigned task including Washington County’s team.

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