Technical skills don't come from a book, you might absorb the basics from reading, listening to a lecture or watching a demonstration but developing the actual skill means getting your hands involved and doing it. Planning a project, gathering materials and tools and finally, putting something together is the test.
Some high schools are coming up with pretty cool projects for their tech students, Niskayuna High School, outside Schenectady NY, is one of them. They have a website called Nisky Garage to showcase the work of the Niskayuna Auto shop and their first project was building an old school racer using a Honda SL350 frame powered by a CB350 engine. Part of the fun was a build off competition with another school, Newfield CSD.
Everyone was pleased with how well that one turned out so they're off again with Project TZ, a 1992 TZ frame and swing arm, 1999 TZ forks and a 2005 Husqvarna Te450 motor with RS250 body work.
The students learn a lot and have fun, the teachers are happy and the school and parents are proud, what's not to like?
I've got a couple more schools with motorcycle projects going on that I'll be mentioning soon, if you know of one in your area, drop us a line.
Thanks for the tip, Eric!
Link: Nisky Garage