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Bicycle motor project gets high schoolers’ training wheels turning

Learning how to add a small motor to some old bicycles at CQUniversity has given four high schoolers new skills and put them on track to further study and employment.

David Chizzoni of Heights College, Jamie Ince of Yeppoon State High School, Paige Riley of Glenmore State High School and Kirby Gleeson of The Cathedral College have been acquiring basic skills in automotive mechanics, electrical and metalwork at the Rockhampton City Campus as part of the VET in Schools (VETiS) program.

Teacher Gary Balderson said the students paired up to work on attaching a small motor to some donated bicycles, learning fundamental skills, including teamwork and problem solving.

“They’ve had to work together to find a better way of doing the task,” Gary said.

Gary said the skills they’d all learned mounting the engine would make them more employable when they completed schooling – and gave them a taste of the vocational and degree training available at CQUniversity.

Once completed successfully, the students would all receive a Certificate II in Engineering Pathways qualification.

Kirby Gleeson, who has previously completed an automotive mechanical course with CQUniversity, said the bicycle project had been “good fun”.

“It’s been good to work on them and then see them go,” he said.

Kirby said he wanted to work as a boilermaker or auto-mechanic. All the students said they would consider further study after they completed high school.

Source: CQU

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