Many people would like to know how to fix a car, but have no clue on how to do so. Brien McMahon High School will soon have a mechanic program that will allow high school students to learn the basics on how to get a car running again.
In order to begin the process of this program, Scott Hurwitz, McMahon principal, is finding ways to stay organized so students can understand the steps as they go. Since McMahon has no space for a car inside, nor does it have the materials that are needed, Black Bridge Motors, an auto shop, has agreed to take 15 students after school who will take a bus over to Black Bridge shop and be taught maintenance.
According to Hurwitz, 50 students want to get involved in the program, but because there isn't enough room in the shop to fit all of the students, he wants to rearrange field trips to mechanic shops and set up internships. Scott Gilbert, from Black Bridge Motors, has an idea that the students can raise money to buy a used car that doesn't run and let the kids work on it to make it work. That way, they can have the chance to bring the car to auto shows and promote the work that the students have done. Although ideas have been proposed, it is not likely that they will happen due to the rearrangements teachers are doing.
Edward Grillo, who is a physics teacher as well as the supervisor of the Robotics club, and William Pierce, Art teacher, and David Pascoe, the chief of ROTC, will all be supervising the program. They will be collaborating to create a guideline. “I believe cultivating programs such as this help broaden our school’s ability to provide meaningful and relevant real-world experiences for our students.” says Grillo.
Plenty of students are unsure of what they want to do with their life after high school. Many of those students are either doing poorly in their classes because they have no goal to accomplish or they don't have any motivation for themselves to get where they want to be. Hurwitz has proclaimed as: “What I want for them is to have an attempt to try to create a vision for their postsecondary life for students who are thinking they want to become a mechanic. Our idea is for the kids to spend half a day in school and the rest somewhere working with their hands.”
The majority of the students here at McMahon are book smart, they have good grades, they have their goal set, or they know what they need in order of accomplishing their goal. On the other hand, many students learn by doing things hands-on. “ I have a family member who was a horrible student in high school, and who ended up dropping out. He is now working on placing sprinklers in public spaces and makes over $100,000 a year. When he was in high school, he couldn't pass any math or science test, but now that all of the objectives are involved in something that he enjoys doing...he is now teaching new sprinkler fitters how to do this work,” says Hurwitz.
This program is useful for students who would rather fix their car themselves, instead of paying a mechanic. It can also give the students an opportunity to strive at school with the help of techniques from the shop.