Local students are gaining real world experience with the help of motorcycles and the Buffalo Chip Challenge.
Students at Western Dakota Tech team up with designer Michael Prugh to build and customize motorcycles. Their challenge: to build a world– class motorcycle within 4 months.
Lead instructor, Luke Steinmetz says the challenge is also a lesson on stimulating the local economy.
“The manufacturing companies we have here already, we are going to supply them more work, they’ll get more people, they’ll hire my technicians and we’ll grow a company that is already here,” said the instructor.
Steinmeitz said the Buffalo Chip Challenge is a win – win situation for both students and the economy. The motorcycles the students build are auctioned off with proceeds donated to local charities.
This year’s bike will be revealed at the college’s graduation ceremony in May.