NitroX Camp Teaches Hibbing Students About Transportation Careers

Taylor Holt
June 23, 2017 10:55 PM

Anticipation and concentration filled the room at Hibbing Community College as students put the finishing touches on their race cars Friday afternoon.

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The group of 6th and 7th graders spent the week - getting prepared for this final day of their NitroX camp -  aimed at teaching kids about transportation careers.

"Mainly what we had them do is test the battery, fix the tow camera, caster where the vehicles' wheels sit when they drive and fix tie rods," said Neil Lindgren, a mentor for the camp.

However, the highlight was race day, and Friday complete with a race track, and cheering crowd of family and friends, the students showcased their hard work.

"It was good. It was fun. It was close," said Will Bittmann, a student in the camp.

"It was an awesome race. I ran out of gas halfway through it it but that's okay good sportsmanship is a big part in this," said Allie Bittmann, another student in the camp.

"It's takes a whole week to get them helping each other and working as a team. Some figure it out faster than others and by the time we get around to race day it's nice to see them helping each other and wanting to see each other win," said Kevin Hyduke, Auto Instructor at the college.

The students weren't the only ones learning, however. Lindgren says it was eye-opening for him as a mentor. He will be going to the college for auto mechanics next year. 

"(I learned) kind of what it can be like out in the field because I got to go experience people working on the cars," Lindgren said. 

The hope is that these students can get the wheels in their head spinning when it comes to career choices.

"Hopefully, they will just maybe consider something that is outside maybe what they're hearing at school," said Hyduke.  

"It was a really cool experience for us and if they have it next year I might do it again," said Allie.

This week, the students also toured a number of local businesses including Hibbing Taconite.


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