For the past Four years, SMC has hosted the FLUID POWER CHALLENGE (FPC).  The Challenge, one of only 18 across the country, attracts 7th and 8th grade students, enables students to turn classroom science and math problems into real-world solutions.  SMC utilizes the program created by the National Fluid Power Association (NFPA) including educational lesson plans, materials, videos and the competition itself. Students learn about the basics of fluid power, teamwork, coordination, and organization, as they experiment and design their own unique machine. The  Challenge allows kids to get hands-on exposure to scientific concepts in a competition format that makes learning and problem-solving both fun and engaging!  The FPC provides a unique opportunity to introduce students to STEM-related competitions prior to entering high school, and more importantly, give students the opportunity to see how this knowledge can be translated into careers to help prepare their educational path when they enter high school.

If you are interested in learning more about the Fluid Power Challenge, please contact Sharon Ventrice at 412-342-1602 or email