Welcome ! At Mechanical Kits Ltd. We endeavor to ensure the best quality products are available for students who are learning, “hands-on”, about Fluid Power.

During these challenging times NFPA  and Mechanical Kits Ltd. have designed two additional Action Challenge scenarios: one when schools are operating under strict conditions – the “in-school” Action Challenge – the other, when students are working from home in a “virtual team”. More

The purpose of our company is to supply good quality kits and services that promote hands-on learning. We are committed to improving our products and services based on feedback we receive from our customers. We are also committed to developing new products that will be used by students in the classroom and at events such as the North American Fluid Power Challenges. We will support the use of our product by working with our customers to satisfy their needs and offering support whenever possible.

Bluewater Challenge - see video of a unique claw

Watch this MP4 video of the claw design from the Bluewater Challenge – a spring-loaded single acting cylinder – designed by the winning team – Maranatha Christian Academy from Windsor, Ontario

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  • Mechanical Kits Ltd. supports the work of the Foundation by donating a royalty for every NFPA Challenge Event and NFPA Classroom kit sold,

School-based and Virtual Fluid Power Action Challenges

 Mechanical Kits Ltd. has developed a version of the kit that can be used in a school classroom with 28 students in teams of four. These kits will be used at the Florida State TSA Convention 2021 and for in-school programs across the USA and Canada. (For virtual programs the regular NFPA Fluid Power Action Challenge kit and tools will be used)


Florida TSA State Conference

On Feb 29th. 2020 twelve teams from Florida middle schools competed in a second pilot Fluid Power Challenge at the Florida TSA State Conference. The winning team – McLane Middle School. The 2021 State event will be introduced to the virtual Leadership Conference in October 2020.

Thank you sponsors!

The NFPA Fluid Power Action Challenge cannot happen without the support of NFPA sponsors. They enable middle-schools students to experience the many facets of the Challenge including the design and building of a hydraulically controlled robot arm.