On Wednesdays at Beaver Brae Grade 7 and 8 students take part in academy classes, which offer students a look at the grade 9-12 course selection.
Transportation Tech is just one of the programs offered. Also known as Bike Shop the class specializes in safe bike riding, trail riding, bike maintenance, bike repairs and restoration. Gradually students will then use the mechanical skills learned to practice minor maintenance and repairs involving powered equipment such as lawn mowers, mini bikes, and snowmobiles.
Grade 8 student Joey Desousa talked about one of the things he's learned.
"I learned that not all gas is good," he said.
Teacher Micheal Kraynyk said it's nice to see the students taking their skills out into the real world.
"We have a snowblower in the shop and it hasn't ran all summer, we have to get it going. They'll go home and next week I'll hear "hey I helped my dad get the snowblower out and get it going" which is amazing to hear and be a part of that," he said.
Kraynyk said he also hears about the students taking what they've learned in Transportation Tech and applying it to other classes, like math and science.
Currently the Grade 8 class is working on a number of projects, a highlight being mini bikes. The goal behind the mini bikes is to take a fully functioning 4 stroke engine and mount it into a mini bike chassis. Students problem solve and design the chain drive system, brake system, accelerator system, and ignition system.
Students will then have a chance to test out the bikes once they're done working on them.