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Toronto high school students learn fluid power concepts in 4th Hilltop Tech Skills Challenge

Toronto, ON -- The fourth annual Hilltop Tech Skills Challenge features enhancements based on feedback from previou...


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May 19, 2004
By MRO Magazine

Toronto, ON — The fourth annual Hilltop Tech Skills Challenge features enhancements based on feedback from previous competitions. This year’s event includes an expanded pre-competition workshop, a factory tour for teachers and a greater emphasis on the planning and design process.

The Challenge, being held on May 20, 2004, is a partnership of the Canadian Fluid Power Association (CFPA), Technology Teaching Systems and the Toronto District School Board. In addition, most schools are being sponsored by a CFPA member company.

The 2004 Challenge involves gender-balanced teams from 19 west Toronto middle schools. Each four-student team is designing and constructing a mechanism that uses hydraulics concepts from the Grade 8 Science and Technology curriculum to perform a defined task.

“Based on the number of schools that applied for this year’s event, the Challenge continues to be a highlight of these kids’ middle school experience,” says Hilltop principal Neil Quimby. “Designing and building a mechanism brings fluid power and other technology concepts alive like no textbook or video can. We’re also really excited about the addition of the teachers’ factory tour to this year’s agenda.”

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