Woodward Bicycle Club Teaches Problem-Solving

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The Urban League, Time-Warner Cable, GE Aviation and the Greater Cincinnati STEM Collaborative get the CPS Woodward Bike Club rolling.

Piece by piece, students at the Woodward Career Technical High School are dismantling and re-assembling bicycles under the careful supervision of some of Greater Cincinnati’s top engineers.

The weekly Bicycle Club shows the 7th and 8th grade students how things are made and teaches problem-solving skills. The 17 members of the club will keep their bicycles at the end of the school year in an effort to promote healthy lifestyles.

Students and engineers working on bikesBriearra Kennedy, 13, was too busy working on a crank wheel to stop and talk but she said she was having a good time. GE Engineer Andrew Yung showed her how to use a wrench with enough pressure to loosen a stubborn wheel nut.

Abraham Kanteh, 13, said today’s challenge was to “take the bike wheel apart and re-grease the chain.”

The Bicycle Club is sponsored by The Urban League, Time-Warner Cable, GE Aviation and the Greater Cincinnati STEM Collaborative. STEM volunteer Mary Adams said Walmart donated the 30 bikes for the program, which promotes student interest in science, technology, engineering and math.

Volunteer Chad Ross looked around the room crowded with students, mentors, half-assembled bikes and plenty of tools and said “This is the future.”

The GE employee volunteers because he knows the importance of role models. “I have to give back. I’ve been blessed. I was able to go to college and then earn a master’s degree,” Ross said. He smiled and added: “These kids are smart. I don’t know if I was that smart at this age, so this is good for me, too.” Then it was time to help student Anthony Duncan put the right pieces in the right place on a pedal assembly.

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