MAMARONECK, N.Y. – Elementary school students at the F.E. Bellows School learned a bit about engineering recently when they grouped together to disassemble and then reassemble a bicycle, according to a statement from the Rye Neck school district.
The students, in third- through fifth-grades, participated in a “Do-It-Yourself” Inventors and Makers Workshop, the district said.
Working on the project during their lunch and recess periods, the students learned how to assemble gears and other parts necessary for a bike to function, organizers said, adding that the F.E. Bellows’ Seekers and Solvers STEAM workshop was part of the greater district’s Schoolwide Enrichment Model that aims to develop students’ architectural and technical skills.
“They used Allen keys, a mechanics tool kit, some screws, stickers and wrenches to take apart the bicycle,” said Principal Michael Scarantino, later adding that the students then put the bike back together.
Students were supposed to come away from the workshop with added design and building skills and a basic knowledge of how to safely work with tools, according to the district, which said the students used blueprints and took accurate measurements to complete the task.