Design and technology teacher Glen Flanders’ Year 9 and 10 students decided to construct go-karts and buggies from the donated items.
‘Students obviously get great pleasure out of dismantling things, but I felt they should also become enthusiastic about actually putting things together,’ he said.
‘With the incentive of being able to ride or drive this object has in itself been a huge motivating factor.’
He said the project encourages students to work in a team and think about how components fit together, allows them to apply welding skills and creates opportunities for lessons on how engine and car body components work.
Mr Flanders said since the projects have begun vandalism in the school had almost disappeared with students now showing pride in seeing their individual efforts come together.
‘A spin off of this exercise is that it gives students hands-on experience of vehicle inspection and assessment for when they start looking to buy their own vehicle plus an insight into what is involved in repairing and servicing the vehicle,’ he said.