In the Agricultural Equipment class at Greenbrier East High School, it’s about more than just learning to start an engine. Senior Brandon Loudermilk is learning about a 100 year-old agricultural engine that he and his classmates have been working for months to restore.
The age of the engine is something that sparked interest in GEHS students. When they first began to work on it, it was far from in working order. Junior Elwood Goins adds, “I didn’t think it was ever going to start. We had to take it all apart, do some other stuff to it, make a new gasket and stuff. We got it running though!”
After what students say were a few trial and error runs, the engine runs perfectly. Even those failure tests still taught them skills they can take out in to the world with them. Something teacher Jeff Lee is happy to see happen saying, “it fills me with pride knowing they take interest and they take pride in getting it done.”
Now that the century old engine has been restored, the students plan to display it this summer at the State Fair of West Virginia.