Students get lesson in small engines


For more than 10 years, the Summer Campus program at Cochise College has offered academic and skill-based camps for fun in the science, technology, engineering and math fields.

Recently, the Summer Campus program coordinated a special project that allowed campers to transform regular bicycles into motorbikes. The project was part of the Small Engine Mechanics Camp which aims to help students learn the basics of small engine operation.

The bikes were donated to the Summer Campus program by Sun ‘N Spokes Bicycle Shop. Students worked throughout the week to build the engines for the bicycles and then test drove the motorbikes last Thursday at Cochise College.

“I went down to Sun ‘N Spokes and talked to the owner of the shop and mentioned what we were doing. He said he would be very happy to help out the Summer Campus program and that Cochise College could use (the bikes) for whatever we wanted,” said Summer Campus coordinator Angela Moreno.

Moreno is now hoping to sell or auction off the motorbikes and use the money to create a Summer Campus scholarship fund.

“It will bring in students that cannot currently pay for the camps,” said Moreno. “This year we set more records in attendance than ever before because we had online registration but with a scholarship fund, even more kids could afford to come.”

Students can expect to participate in projects like these and more at the Cochise College Summer Campus program. July camps are filling up fast, but there’s still time to sign up! All four-day camps take place at the Sierra Vista Campus, Monday through Thursday from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., unless otherwise noted. Each camp is $100/week, which includes all fees and materials. More Summer Campus information can be found at or by emailing Angela Moreno at