What were you doing in eighth grade?

Two groups of eighth graders from Osakis Public School used syringes filled with fluid to move different parts of a machine during a Fluid Power Action Challenge Feb. 20 at the Alexandria Technical and Community College. Students from throughout the area participated.

Using the machines they built, teams had to pick up and move as many blocks as possible within a limited amount of time. The national challenge is designed to introduce science and engineering to middle school students by teaching them the basics of hydraulics and pneumatics.

Both Osakis teams excelled at the competition. One team moved the most targets in two minutes and received the Overall Champion award while the other Osakis team was right behind them.

The Osakis students included Yasemeen Al-Ameri, Isaac Ruegemer, Zach Fiskness, Shelby Longie-Snell, Johnathon Bock and Destynee Baumann.

The teacher for the students is Kyle Kostrzewski.