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Youth Basic Engine Class

August 5, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

$20 - $25

This is a hands-on 3 hour class aimed at students 4th grade and up.  Students learn how an engine works by taking apart a Briggs and Stratton one cylinder engine to see how the solids, liquids and gases interact to make it run.  Students also get to fire up several different types of engines to see how each gets their specific job done.

The cost for this class is $20 per pair (guardian and student) for museum members, $25 per pair for non-members. Please note that registration for this event is non-refundable.

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This class is FULL! Please e-mail Education Coordinator Jesse Kilburn at jkilburn@calautomuseum.org to be placed on a wait list.

A little bit more about a Briggs & Stratton Engine:

Briggs & Stratton engines are commonly used on lawnmowerspressure washerselectrical generators, and a wide variety of other machines. Their original cast-iron engines were known for their durability, but the company’s success was established following the development of lightweight aluminum engines in 1953. The aluminum engine was the perfect solution for the recently invented rotary lawnmower due to its lighter weight and lower cost. The company has developed a good reputation because of its independent central services distributors (CSDs), low cost replacement parts and well designed service literature.

The company started in 1908 as an informal partnership between Stephen Foster Briggs and Harold M. Stratton. S.F. Briggs was born in Watertown, South Dakota, and graduated from South Dakota State College in Brookings (South Dakota) in 1907. The idea for his first product came from an upper-level engineering class project at SDSC. This first product was a six-cylinder, two-cycle engine, which Stephen Foster Briggs developed during his engineering courses at South Dakota State. After his graduation, he was eager to produce his engine and enter the rapidly expanding automobile industry. Bill Juneau, a coach at South Dakota State, knew of Briggs’ ambition and the entrepreneurial interests of Harold M. Stratton, a successful grain merchant who had a farm next to Juneau’s farm, so he introduced the two. In 1922, their fledgling company set a record in the automotive industry, selling the lowest-priced car ever called the Briggs & Stratton Flyer (also called the “Red Bug”) which sold at only US$125-US$150.


This Class is Now Full! However, we are taking names for a backup list in the event of drop-outs. E-Mail Jesse Kilburn to get your name on the list.


August 5, 2017
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
$20 - $25
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