JJH 8th graders take the Fluid Power Challenge
Students worked in their teams to design and build a device that uses fluid (water) power to carry out a designated task. Each year, that task changes, and this year, the task at hand involved moving rectangular cubes to various levels of a course.
The building and design process has been taking place in the students’ science classes over several weeks. Students were asked to keep a journal throughout the process, according to competition guidelines. On the day of the challenge, students were only allowed to bring with them their tools and those journals.
Students received building materials and had 3.5 hours to build and test their devices before the competition began. The competition consisted of student teams trying to score as many points with their device as possible.
Judy Stellato, science teacher at Jerling Junior High School, said, “This is a great engineering event for students, allowing them the opportunity for problem solving, communication in a scientific manner, and to experience what engineers do.”
Best teamwork winners
Best journal winners:
Ana Rose Bialek