Over 300 students have built a bicycle in the University of Iowa’s bicycle workshop class, and some students will head to Germany to exhibit their work.
Some University of Iowa students work on plain metal frames and transform them into colorful and unique bikes every semester. The course, which melds engineering and art, has a long waitlist of students.
Offered to engineering and art students, the course is semester-long and teaches students how to build bicycles from scratch. It’s hosted in the bike workshop in the Visual Arts Building at 107 River St. which is equipped with large tables, bicycle frame building jigs, metal cutters, and bicycle racks.
Steve McGuire, director of the School of Art and Art History and the professor of the class, said students in the class will learn how to be patient, and take a two-dimensional drawing and turn it into a three-dimensional object.