BIS Bike Club - The BBC
The BIS Bike Club (BBC) meets after school every Tuesday (2:00 to 4:00 PM) and Thursday (3:00 to 4:30PM), weather permitting, at our bike clubhouse on the upper school parking lot above the Osberg field. Tuesdays will be open shop day where students can work on whatever project they choose, and Thursday will be specific instruction on a bike maintenance or safety concept.
The BBC allows youth to explore bicycle mechanics, develop safe riding skills, and experience hands-on fun working with bikes. In addition, we will be developing applications for our Blender Bike generator while learning about electronics and building circuits.
Our current list of projects include:
- Recyce-Your-Bike - rebuilding old bikes for riders in need.
- Supped Up Trike - motorizing our adult tricycle
- Pedal Power Kitchen - pedalling up food on our bike-powered blender
- Power-Up Project - applying our bike-powered electric generators
All abilities welcome.
For more information, please contact Rusty Hopewell, District Wellness and Safe Routes to School Coordinator.
Our Bike Clubhouse - The BikeHouse
Our Recyce-Your-Bike project allows students to develop and use their tool and bike repair skills to fix our fleet of slightly-in-disrepair bikes to then be donated to riders in need of wheels. Our fleet of used bikes is kept well stocked by BSD family donations and helps keep BBC students busy learning mechanic skills through direct hands-on experiences. Most of the donated bikes are repaired and passed on to new riders, but sometimes we just tear them all the way down to see what's inside and for parts. Thanks to the San Mateo County Safe Routes and the CCAG funding that allows us to purchase tools and parts. Find out more how to get involved and/or donate your used bike by visiting our Recyc-Your-Bike webpage.
Supped-Up Trike Project
This project exposes students to battery power and electric motor concepts as they build up our adult tricycle with an electric bike motor. Our electrified trike will then be used to deliver our bike-blender and supplies to the BSD school sites for healthier celebrations and to deliver the farm fresh produce ordered by teachers through our Farmigo program (sorry, BSD staff orders only at this time).
Pedal Power Kitchen Project
The Pedal Power Kitchen project will develop bike-powered recipes that utilize our Rock-The-Bike bike-powered blender that compliment lesson plans designed to teach nutrition and physic concepts. The role of the BBC is to develop and test the recipes, so lots of eating. Dates for this project are TBD as we will most likely want to do our cooking on a separate day to keep bike grease out of our food. Here is a YouTube video of a cooking show pilot produced by MESD students that shows one lesson in action.
Our blender bike has a wheel-mounted electric generator (and we have a second bike-powered generator station) that puts out up to 36 volts of DC power. We also have a power converter that allows us to convert that DC into AC power that can power small electrical appliances. So far we have been able to power-up LED lights and play music on our boom box. With this power comes potential, we just need the application ideas. One idea is to build an Arduino circuit for our blender bike that measures cadence and calculates power output. Got any other ideas?