Toronto, ON — The sixth annual Hilltop Tech Skills Challenge, held May 18, 2006, in Toronto, added a few twists to previous years’ events. Students were asked to design and build fluid-power mechanisms for placing and removing an object from an electrically-driven conveyer that they had built prior to the competition.
“Schools that had attended the Challenge a number of times were finding the problems of recent years relatively easy,” says Steve Rogers of Kidder- Technology Teaching Systems, who acts as facilitator for the Challenge. “We thought that adding the electrical component would not only increase the difficulty, it would also expose the students to yet another facet of automation.”
The Challenge, which is a partnership of the Canadian Fluid Power Association (CFPA), 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 to the world of technology careers.
The 2006 Challenge involved gender-balanced teams from 17 west-Toronto middle schools. Each four-student team designs and constructs a mechanism that uses hydraulics concepts from the grade 8 Science and Technology curriculum to perform a defined task.
For more information, contact CFPA education co-chairs John Bachmann at 905-501-5933 or Alan Scott at 905-693-4734.