‘WHEELS’ was an automobile workshop conducted in the college as an initiative by the WIE affinity group of IEEE SBCET on 26th February 2012 from 9 am to 3 pm. An expert mechanic from the Indus Motors took practical classes for 14 students (13 of them girls) on the mechanic aspects of a car and gave them a hands-on experience on the same.
First an informal session was conducted where the students were divided into groups and each group was given the task of coming up with a poster with the theme “Women today”.
The class began with the mechanic showing and explaining to the students how the tyre of a car is changed. This was followed by the whole procedure being done by all the students by themselves. They completed the task with great ease.The session was quite an eye-opener for the girls since hitherto they had considered this to be a hard task.
The mechanic then opened the bonnet and explained to them all the parts inside. The students were acquainted with the fuel level indicator, battery, coolant, filter, fuse, AC compressor, wiper etc. At times, the car engine was started and the corresponding movements in certain parts were observed.
The working of the car parts like the gear, clutch etc were explained. He also threw light on the things to be done in case of a break-down of the car. He briefed them on how to identify a car that has met with an accident during the purchase of a pre-owned car.
The students came up with a lot of doubts which were clarified by the mechanic. When asked, he shed light on the new add-ons and features in the latest cars like the air bag, ABS (anti-braking system) etc. A comparison on different cars in terms of fuel efficiency, mileage etc was also done.
The workshop was quite useful for all the attendees. Girls are often taunted for being ignorant of the working of the machines around them especially. Now, after this session, they can walk away with the confidence of knowing at least the basic things needed that are to be done in case of a break-down or a tyre puncture.
-Harsha S (WIE Chair, IEEE SBCET)