A.W. Beattie students earn 4th consecutive Pedal Car Championship

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A.W. Beattie Career Center students have won the Summit Racing Peddle Car Challenge at World of Wheels Pittsburgh for the fourth consecutive competition.

The career center is a five-time champion in the competition, having also won in 2015.

The most recent victory was in late January at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. More than 40 students from programs like Automotive Collision Technology, Automotive Technology, Robotics Engineering Technology, HVAC, and Carpentry and Building Construction collaborated for the competition.

“I couldn’t be more excited for our students who put so much time and effort into something so ambitious,” Auto Collision Technology teacher Pat Ciccone said. “They want to raise the bar every year. They want to do something unique every year. They never fail to impress me.”

Students chose a Jetsons-themed pedal car with elaborate body work. Students cut apart the body of a Volvo XC90 and welded it back together to create the Jetsons pedal car.

Students went a step further by making it a dual pedal car with two seats, two sets of pedals, and two pedal sticks.

“Everyone has to do their part in several programs to make something so intricate work and come together,” Ciccone said. “Everyone had to get creative. Most importantly, everyone had fun learning while doing it.”

Ciccone said he’s proud of students for overcoming challengers to make the peddle car possible.

“They get these big ideas and initially you start to reel them in a little bit to make sure what they’re doing is going to be possible,” Ciccone said. “They always rise up to the challenge, push the envelope for what’s possible, and exceed expectations. It shows that we have really special students.”

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