“Tech”ing Care of Business!


Bradley Tech students (l-r) Juan Carlos Arias, Raymond Koski and Adam Kelly with Tech mentor Mark Hoedel


In honor of 110 years of Harley-Davidson, we salute the Bradley Tech team that built a bike as part of a unique mentoring program founded by Milwaukee’s Iron Horse Hotel in 2011. A non-profit educational organization, the Iron Horse program BUILD pairs teams of high school students with bike-building mentors in a collective effort to learn valuable trade, design and life skills.

The Bradley Tech team comprises students Jean Carlo Irias, Antonio Johnson, Adam Kelly and Raymond Koski; Bradley Tech mentors Mark Hoedel and Quinn Ruppel; and Bradley Tech faculty advisor Scott Sommer.

Calling themselves the Bradley Tech Motor Heads, the group after school and on weekends to restore a “barn condition” vintage motorcycle to American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association standards.

Hoedel and Ruppel worked with the group after school and on weekends to rebuild the bike within the 100-day timeframe. Ruppel is a Bradley Tech engineering instructor and Hoedel, a Bradley tech alumnus who is an expert in vintage restoration, had been volunteering with the Tech BUILD program and was hired as a technical education teacher this fall.

The Motor Heads brought their bike to the 2013 GE/MPS STEM Partners Showcase in May. Learn more about this innovative partnership that is furthering MPS’ initiatives in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

techSee more photos from the Bradley Tech BUILD project here.

STEM education in Milwaukee Public Schools includes Project Lead the Way, a rigorous, innovative program helping students learn STEM through hands-on projects and activities. With 5,500 middle- and high-school students involved, MPS has the nation’s largest concentration of students connected to Project Lead the Way.