‘Do-It-Yourself’: Student Inventors Assemble Bicycle

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Third- through fifth-grade students at F.E. Bellows Elementary School took on the roles of engineers and architects when they disassembled and reassembled a bicycle as part of a ‘Do-It-Yourself’ Inventors and Makers workshop.

The students worked on the bicycle during lunch and recess and learned how the gears and other assembly parts function to make it move. The program, which is part of the district’s Schoolwide Enrichment Model and F.E. Bellows’ Seekers and Solvers STEAM (science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics) workshops, is designed to develop the students’ architectural and technical skills and their ability to think critically and creatively.

“They used Allen keys, a mechanics tool kit, some screws, stickers and wrenches to take apart the bicycle,” Principal Michael Scarantino said. “In their next session, they will clean the parts and put it all back together again.”

As part of the Inventors and Makers workshop, the students are learning the necessary skills to design and build objects and develop basic knowledge of how to safely work with tools. Some of the skills acquired include the use and creation of blueprints, building to scale, measurement drawing and making projects from wood and other materials.