Motorcycling WA has been working with Comet Bay College to enable their “Motorised Bike Racing” STEM Program (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) to come to fruition.
Their first event on modified bikes took place at Cockburn International Kartway. The bikes looked great and very diverse showing the students got to use their imagination as well as their building skills.
Below is a history of how the program began lead by the Comet Bay College..
In 2019 various agencies involved with STEM education began the STEM Enterprise Schools program, enlisting 60 schools who would each “engage in a design and innovation process to create powerful practices that support learner engagement in STEM.”
Comet Bay College, in our position as a leader in the STEM education space, volunteered to be a part of this program. We have been tasked with developing a new and innovative STEM program with the focus on developing this program in-house before sharing it with partner schools in 2020.
The teachers leading this program are from Design & Technology and we are therefore developing a program to be delivered within this Learning Area.
The program chosen to be developed by Comet Bay College is a program called Motorised Bike Racing. The premise of this program is to have students develop racing bikes powered by a small 2-stroke motor and to then race them against others who have built bikes to the same specifications.
A STEM focus is also not only for high achieving students. All evidence showing the need to develop STEM skills shows this will affect ALL people in the future. So, a STEM program aimed at everyone – not just the top end students – is potentially going to prove to be incredibly helpful to a number of schools.
Motorcycling WA is proud to assist with the program and hope more schools get involved in this type of innovative education.