Fluid power is the use of fluids under pressure to generate, control, and transmit power. Fluid power is subdivided into hydraulics using a liquid such as mineral oil or water, and pneumatics using a gas such as air or other gases.
On Wednesday, February 24, 2016 four students from Ashby School participated in the Fluid Power Challenge at Alexandria Technical College. These students placed 3rd out of 17 schools in the competition. Students were required to build a sttructure that would rotate, lift, grab, move, and drip at item. They were given 4 hours to complete this task and were scored on how high they could lift an object on a scale of 1-5.
Student participants: (pictured below with their structure) Eighth graders Vincent Finkelson, Noah Johnson, Haddey Zastrow, and Amelia Barry.
Let the Bakken spark your excitement about Science! The Bakken Museum puts on an assembly that is a fast running, fun introduction on the subject of electricity set against the backdrop of Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla's battle to control the electrical future of the United States.
The Bakken Museum will be at Ashby School on February 10 at 1:30 p.m. presenting a program to K-6th grade students on the subject of electricity and electricity generation.
Students will learn about electrical generation, transmission, and conservation through the story of Nikola Tesla and Thomas Edison and their historic debate over Alternating Current versus Direct Current told in an engaging and interactive way. It tells the story of these scientists using demonstrations, experiments, and games and also addresses the basics of electricity and the broader fields of engineering and science.
This presentation empowers students to think about how they can help solve the energy challenges we face today. The show is highly interactive allowing students to participate from their seats or volunteer to help with the demonstrations. The program culminates in a demonstration of one of Tesla's most striking inventions - a 5 foot tall Tesla Coil which sends lightening-like sparks snaking through the air!