TSA & National School Kits

The National School Challenge is a school-based project to enable classrooms to participate in a Fluid Power Action Challenge. Assuming a class of 28 students, four (4) students participate as a team. Each of the seven (7) teams complete a program of classroom activities to select a team to represent the school and/or class. Once a team of four (4) is selected, that team completes the design and construction of a prototype device recording their process in a portfolio-notebook-Inventors’ Log. Using only this portfolio, their tools and a kit of materials the team, under Challenge conditions, builds their device to meet the Challenge. Their portfolio, a video of their device operated by team members and judges’ feedback are submitted to determine the current year’s winners.

National School Challenge Kits:

The standard in-school package for a classroom of 28 students, in teams of 4, comprises of:

7 X Workshop Kits (contains kits for classroom introduction to fluid power (Lifter & Rotating Platform kits) and materials for each team of four (4) to design a prototype device and record their process in a Portfolio-Notebook-Inventors’ Log
1 X Selected Team Kit to enable the selected team to re-design their solution prior to the Challenge Event
1 X Challenge Kit to enable the school team to build their final device on the day – delivered at the Event

1 X Current Layout Board

Additional kits are available if your class size is larger. Optional kits are available:

Nat’l Tools Kit – contains 4 safety glasses, 1 miter box for cutting wooden strips, 1 fine-toothed saw, pair of scissors and ruler

Nat’l Advisors & Facilitators’ Kit – containing extra materials including a mini-glue gun and glue sticks (72)


CFPA Workshop kit
CFPA Mini Tools Kit
CFPA Challenge Kit

Florida State Event:

In March 2019 the Florida TSA State Event will incorporate a Fluid Power Action Challenge.

Forty (40) teams who register before January 31st 2019 will receive kits sponsored by the National Fluid Power Education and Technology Foundation. Your selected team will receive 1 X Workshop Kit that contains materials for an introduction to fluid power (Lifter & Rotating Platform kits) and materials for each team of 4 to design a prototype device as well as web access to substantial support materials. In addition, your team will receive 1 X Challenge Kit at the TSA Event. A list of tools to bring to the event will be available.

Holding a school-based program to select your team for the State Event:

If your school is holding a school-based challenge to select the team to represent the school-chapter then you will order from Mechanical Kits Ltd. the FL State School Kit. This classroom package contains the kits sponsored by the National Fluid Power Education and Technology Foundation (1 X Nat’l Workshop Kit and 1 X Nat’l Challenge Kit). Additional materials kits and tool kits are available.