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Robotics students provide smooth bike rides for refugees and youth in need

Forest Hills — Forest Hills’ First Robotics team takes mentoring and service seriously. Not only do students from all three high schools work together to solve robotics challenges, they also give back to the community through their energetic work with Upcycle Bikes. The organization provides refurbished used adult bicycles to refugees served by Bethany Christian Services, as well as to the AYA Youth Collective serving 14- to 24-year-olds in need of housing and stability.

Students repair the bikes with the guidance of Rick Armbruster, president of Upcycle Bikes, and with the support of mentors Marti and Stuart Atwater. They replace parts, observe the mechanics and take the bikes for a spin. Students learn about how gears work together for the benefit of a smooth ride — and also about how society works together to smooth the ride for others. 

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Brett Atwood
Brett Atwood
Brett Atwood has worked in broadcast television for nearly six years. Having graduated with a bachelor's degree in TV Production from Ferris State University, he continues to produce promotional and lifestyle content for WOOD TV8, in addition to owning his own freelance video business, Be Heard Productions. Brett has a great love for telling compelling stories in a creative format. He is excited to use his talents in sharing what's happening within our local schools.


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