Contact US

Log In

Come Join Us!

Are you an
Engineering professional?
Join Eng-Tips Forums!
  • Talk With Other Members
  • Be Notified Of Responses
    To Your Posts
  • Keyword Search
  • One-Click Access To Your
    Favorite Forums
  • Automated Signatures
    On Your Posts
  • Best Of All, It's Free!

*Eng-Tips's functionality depends on members receiving e-mail. By joining you are opting in to receive e-mail.

Posting Guidelines

Promoting, selling, recruiting, coursework and thesis posting is forbidden.

Students Click Here

Bicycle science and engineering for kids

Bicycle science and engineering for kids

Bicycle science and engineering for kids

Sorry if this is a bit off-topic, but I think this forum would be a good group to ask.

I'm a traffic/civil P.E. and a cyclist, and I want to do a bike roadeo for my son's Cub Scout pack. The Scouts are pushing STEM stuff, so I'd like to add some science to the usual rules of the road and basic riding skills. The audience is grade school kids. It needs to be basic stuff, not detailed calculations.

I have three directions in mind, and I'm not sure which one to take.
  1. Have an instruction station about the laws of motion and how they relate to bicycles.
  2. Have an instruction station on how bikes work, like gear ratios and rotational inertia and stuff.
  3. Try to integrate science and engineering into each instruction station, like drop eggs or melons to demonstrate how bike helmets work, segue from the ABC (air, brakes, chain) pre-ride check into gear ratios, and demonstrate friction at the braking skills station. This is the one I want to do, if I can pull it off.
I'm also thinking I should set aside some time for the parents, to talk about their questions and concerns (and convince them why salmoning is bad).

So, what do you folks think? Does anyone have suggestions for topics, experiments/demos or instructional approaches? What do you wish your company's customers had learned when they were kids?


Red Flag This Post

Please let us know here why this post is inappropriate. Reasons such as off-topic, duplicates, flames, illegal, vulgar, or students posting their homework.

Red Flag Submitted

Thank you for helping keep Eng-Tips Forums free from inappropriate posts.
The Eng-Tips staff will check this out and take appropriate action.

Reply To This Thread

Posting in the Eng-Tips forums is a member-only feature.

Click Here to join Eng-Tips and talk with other members! Already a Member? Login


Low-Volume Rapid Injection Molding With 3D Printed Molds
Learn methods and guidelines for using stereolithography (SLA) 3D printed molds in the injection molding process to lower costs and lead time. Discover how this hybrid manufacturing process enables on-demand mold fabrication to quickly produce small batches of thermoplastic parts. Download Now
Design for Additive Manufacturing (DfAM)
Examine how the principles of DfAM upend many of the long-standing rules around manufacturability - allowing engineers and designers to place a part’s function at the center of their design considerations. Download Now
Taking Control of Engineering Documents
This ebook covers tips for creating and managing workflows, security best practices and protection of intellectual property, Cloud vs. on-premise software solutions, CAD file management, compliance, and more. Download Now

Close Box

Join Eng-Tips® Today!

Join your peers on the Internet's largest technical engineering professional community.
It's easy to join and it's free.

Here's Why Members Love Eng-Tips Forums:

Register now while it's still free!

Already a member? Close this window and log in.

Join Us             Close