Bike Repair Programming in a Junior High/ High School
This workshop will be an opportunity for participants to share their experiences and questions about school based repair programs. Hugh John Macdonald school has had a bike shop for 8 years. Over the years we have tried programming over the lunch hour, before school, after school and as a high school credit course. Many students have gained problem solving skills and confidence through their participation. As part of the bike repair course students earn bikes they can take home. Some of the challenges we have faced include bike theft, students not being able to ride a bike, and gender imbalance.
Other possible topics for discussion could include : how can student mechanics find employment, how to sell bikes to generate funds to keep the shop running, how to engage the community.