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JYMS Wins Award at the 2017 Fluid Power Action Challenge

JYMS Fluid Power Challenge Team Congratulations to John Young Middle School on winning the "Machine Design Award" at the Damon Products 2017 Fluid Power Action Challenge that was held at Bethel College.

Pictured left-right are: Roy Barrier (teacher), Kelsi King, J. R. Pontius, McKailah Harrison, and Aislinn Bailey.

The Challenge process began on January 12, when 28 teams of four students from South Bend Community School Corporation, John J Young Middle School, Jimtown Junior High School and South Bend Career Academy attended Daman’s Workshop Day. Here they were introduced to fluid power and—at the end of the day—were presented with the “Challenge”. This year, the challenge was to develop an engineering solution by creating a hydraulic or pneumatic machine using only wood, paper, glue, tubing, and syringes.

On Competition Day, the teams had only three hours to completely rebuild the machine using their portfolio and work instructions. Innovative thinking, organization, and teamwork were essential for the STEM-based competition. The Fluid Power Action Challenge was created by the National Fluid Power Association to introduce the basics of fluid power to middle school students while giving them experience in a hands-on learning environment. 

2017 marks Daman’s seventh year hosting the Challenge Competition. “I am a firm believer in improving education, developing leadership and encouraging innovation in our youth. The Fluid Power Action Challenge is a unique opportunity for students to solve a problem using real-life applications. It’s an experience they will never forget and will often refer back to later in life,” said Larry Davis, CEO of Daman Products.

Daman Products, a hydraulic manifold manufacturer based in Mishawaka, IN, has been designing and manufacturing hydraulic manifolds for the fluid power industry for over 40 years. Their continuous improvement initiatives, investment in new technology and equipment, and focus on their valued employees and customers are what keep them at the forefront of their industry. Daman’s business model is based on one simple concept: Do things for the right reason!

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