Two Harbors, MN (Northland's NewsCenter)
Mike Fitzpatrick at Two Harbors High School teaches his shop students in unique ways.
These hot rod lawn mowers are one way.
These tracked hot rods are another.
Last Thursday, Mr. Fitzpatrick brought the Amsoil U.S. Air Force Rock Star Snocross Race Team to class.
That easily caught the kids' attention.
"Oh yeah. They're pretty wound up about this deal. Anything that goes fast around here is pretty popular." said Mr. Fitzpatrick.
The team is based in Aurora.
The goal of the visit was to teach the youth of today the importance of math and science in the careers of tomorrow; whether that's a snocross team, a civilian career or a military job.
"Mechanics and electronics are big right now. We need people that are good with hands on and all that." said Air Force Staff Sergeant Dave Overstreet.
Team members showed the students various high tech ways to squeeze maximum horse power out of a snowmobile engine.
They also mentioned that attitude is as important as skill in surviving in the working world.
"The most important thing in life is having a good attitude and believing in yourself and work well with other people." said Steve Scheuring of the team.
Those lessons are already paying off for Two Harbors senior Dustin Cavallin.
He received a two hundred dollar scholarship from the Amsoil Air Force Snocross Team.
"It is awesome. We learn so much and learn something in real life that you can achieve and something you can actually do with your life." said Dustin.
Cavallin is thinking about studying engineering at UMD after graduation.
Perhaps he'll be back at Two Harbors High School in just a few years to lead the next hands on lesson.
In Two Harbors, Dave Anderson, the Northland's News Center.
Look for the Amsoil Air Force Rock Star Snocross team in Duluth next weekend for Spirit Mountain's annual race.