The BUILD team at Bradley Tech, this year called the “Backlash” was recently featured in two different stories. Telemundo Wisconsin (WYTU 63) recently featured a story on Bradley Tech’s BUILD team and WUWM covered them as well.
One of the great things about the BUILD program is the diversity of its participants, which include boys and girls, men and women: students and mentors of various backgrounds. At Bradley Tech this includes some Spanish speaking students who were interviewed about their experience.
You can view the story in Spanish here.
Below is an English translation:
Milwaukee – Bradley Tech High School is known for teaching their students actively. One program called “BUILD” involves mechanical engineering students working with motorcycles.
The course has teachers and volunteers teaching students about safety, history, and the design of motorcycles.
Student Miguel Angel Castro started in September as part of the group.
“The first time I came here, I looked at the bikes, I was thinking, because that’s what was going to happen, I was not sure what I was getting into,” Castro said.
Everything turned out fine for Miguel who now knows much more about motorcycles and how they work.
“I like learning what the engineering behind the bike to a car and learn how they work and if you have a problem and fix it,” Castro said.
Program representatives say this is a great lesson for the future of the students.
“Students learn skills they can use for a race, if they study in college, or a career out of high school,” said Christopher Piszczek community school coordinator.
The workshop is focused on the design of a motorcycle created by students to enter a competition. Although students are focused on design and creation, they know that what they learn will benefit their future.
Students did not show the final design of the bike on which they are working. But they say they will incorporate Latino culture in the design because most of the students in the group are Hispanic. The competition will be at the end of the school year.
The WUWM radio story, which can be found here, talks about how BUILD is a perfect fit at the school which has always helped expose and train students in the trades. Steve Hopkins, an advisor for the program, says, “(BUILD) just fits into the whole scope of what Bradley Tech is about.”