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      Increasing automotive I.Q.

      Can your son or daughter give the family car a tune-up? Even if your child does not want to become a mechanic, many high schools offer classes that can help give a better idea of what to do if your car breaks down.

      Westwood High School is just one of those schools.

      "People get a general idea of what's going on and what's going wrong when you're driving a vehicle if you hear a noise, not just turning up the music and ignoring it," said Josh Perrault, a student at Westwood High School.

      In addition, students gain appreciation for their cars by learning the importance of proper maintenance.

      The cars that the students work on during class are either their own, from family, or from other school faculty.

      "I don't like to go out into the community too much because we get a lot of help from our local shops. When kids have questions and things like that, they're more than willing to help us and we don't really want to step on anybody's toes," said John Jessen, Auto Shop Teacher at Westwood High School.

      Just like a real auto shop, fixing cars costs money and students also gain experience creating bills for each car. Since they are generally working on their own cars, there is no expense for labor, just any parts that need to be used.

      One of the things that make this class unique is that every day is different from the last.

      "We rotate around. Like my car is over there, we just don't have the part right now and we all work together and we all have certain tasks that we have to fill out for," said Cameron Adams, a student at Westwood High School.

      While not all of these students will become mechanics, it's classes like these that are a driving force for their future.