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Rekor Systems Announces Selection of Waycare Technologies by Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development for Pilot Program to Reduce State Traffic Congestion and Crashes California homeless camp fire damages 2 bridges, disrupts public transportation Austin finishes half of its bicycle network, expects to complete entire 400-mile system by 2025 The Top 10 Automotive Concepts that automotive enthusiasts will be itching to see on the road! Oregon Transportation Commission, wary of I-5 Rose Quarter project’s growing price tag, grants conditional approval Woman dies after being hit by car in North Windham Friday night Silk-FAW Continues To Poach Italy’s Automotive Talent, As Lamborghini’s Katia Bassi Joins As Managing Director Transportation Department cracks down on airlines withholding refunds for canceled flights Bear gets trapped in car, destroys interior Cycling apparel company adding full-service bike repair to visitor center
Aug
2021
15

Lynchburg-area families struggle with school transportation, officials aim for smoother second week | Education

Duis said the division worked to communicate routes with schools and parents once they realized the miscommunication, and that many issues were resolved by Thursday. Some students did get on the wrong bus, Duis said, but no child was ever unsafe or unsupervised.

He said the first day of school typically comes with some hiccups in regard to transportation, but some other factors exacerbated those issues this year, including the division’s need for more bus drivers. 

Duis said the division started the school year about 15 drivers short. In order to compensate for that shortage and cover each route, Duis said substitute drivers and mechanics were taking routes, and some drivers had to double up and drive routes they weren’t familiar with.

“Any time you have substitute drivers out there who don’t know a route well, it’s gonna slow things down,” Duis said. 

Transitioning back from last year’s atypical school year — where the division was transporting fewer students to school as many were participating in remote-only learning or only attending school in-person a few days per week — could have played a role in the challenges the division faced this week, as well. 

Duis said the division is still encouraging families to provide transportation to their students when they can. 

Lynchburg City Schools also started the school year Wednesday, and parents took to social media to share their frustrations over some similar transportation issues, such as not being able to find their student’s bus assignment or reach the division’s transportation department over the phone. 

May
2020
3

Bike Austin | Bicycling Advocacy, Education, and Outreach in Austin, Texas

Action Alert: Cutting Projects

On this coming Monday, April 20, the Transportation Policy Board at the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization will consider cutting already-approved projects, including some active transportation projects, to divert $600 million to rebuild I-35 in Central…

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Basic Guidelines on Safe Biking Now

It’s OK to ride your bike, but follow these tips to do so safely.

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COVID-19 Shelter in Place: What It Means for Austin Cyclists

Biking is more essential than ever. We also want to share that we’ve officially postponed Bike to Work Day until the fall, but May is still Bike Month and we’ll be offering some fun ways to engage those of you who still want to celebrate all things cycling.

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Apr
2020
26

Bicycle Generator Project | Clean Energy Research and Education

Wind for Schools worked with several teachers who expressed interest in using bicycle generators to teach their students some fundamental concepts of energy and basic mechanical, engineering, and electrical principles. With this project we worked with K-12 and college students to organize hands-on design and construction of bike generators. We then used the bike generators in the classroom for fun demonstrations which increased students’ understanding and awareness of energy topics.





History of the project

In 2010, Jeff Hines, a local Flagstaff teacher who also served as the first WindSenator in Arizona, inspired us to pursue bicycle generators for use in K-12 classrooms. Shortly after, we learned of an NAU student, Matthew Petney, who had built a double-bike generator, which included a battery for energy storage and an inverter and outlet so normal 120-volt devices could be plugged into it. We purchased the system from Matt and shared it with several interested teachers and classes as an educational tool. Matt joined our team in fall 2011 to provide more technical guidance to our staff and our teacher partners in building bike generators, bike blenders, and more.

In fall 2011 and spring 2012, Marilla Lamb and Matthew Petney visited two of our partner schools (Flagstaff Junior Academy and Orme School) to build bike blenders and a bike generator with middle and high school students. The students were presented with the design challenge, as well as tools and materials, and worked with our staff to design and build the bikes. These bikes were used at several school events, and in the classroom the following year as a teaching tool.





In 2011, Marilla Lamb wrote a grant to NAU’s Green Fund to fund a bicycle-powered charging station (The Eco-Pedaler), complete with energy meters so students can see the energy they produce and the energy they use, and with transparent coverings so all components are visible. The project was funded and a team of students designed and built the bike during 2012. The completed charging station can be seen in NAU’s engineering building. Now, a team of senior electrical and mechanical engineering students are working on the second iteration of the charging station, which is also funded by NAU’s Green Fund to improve its usability and versatility.

Wind for Schools was awarded funding from the APS Leadership Grant program in 2012, and obtained nearly $5,000 to work with several teachers in Arizona at some of our partner schools to build bicycle generators either in their science classes or with their science clubs. Our team built these bike generators with students at Mount Elden Middle School, Coconino High School, STAR School, Williams High School, and Northland Preparatory Academy in Spring 2013. Several energy lessons accompany the bicycle generators that we built and worked with in K-12 classrooms.

Using the bike generator in your classroom

The bike generator is a great tool for explaining difficult concepts like energy, power, electricity, and energy conversions. When students use the bike generator, they get a physical, hands-on understanding of these

Apr
2020
10

KSU Physics Education Bike Project

KSU Physics Education Bike Project

Scientific and Cultural Aspects of the Bicycle:

An International Pedagogical Project


 



This project is a multi-national effort to collaborate on the adaptation
and creation of pedagogical materials.  The bicycle, a highly developed
yet simple device, is the focus of this effort.  Students and faculty
are using materials developed in a variety of countries and creating new
materials using contemporary multimedia.  This effort began almost
15 years ago when Robert Fuller and Dean Zollman created the videodisc
Energy
Transformations featuring the Bicycle
at about the same time that the
PLON Project in The Netherlands developed the teaching module Traffic
and the British Open University developed a course on Materials and Structures
which featured the bicycle.  These efforts were independent of each
other.  Since that time we have worked to combine instructional materials
from these and other countries.

 

Project
Web Site at the Unversity of Amsterdam

Contents of KSU Bicycle Project Web Site

•  Description
and Application of 2000-2001 International Exchange Program

•  International
Study & Exchange Program

    European Community. and United States students enrolled in one of the
    partner institutions will become part of an international team of students
    who will investigate various scientific and cultural aspects of the bicycle,
    and create multimedia instructional materials about their activities. The
    students will become part of a three-year effort that will link international
    students by computer and bring them together periodically to work face-to-face.

• Workshops
on the Bicycle in Science, Technology and Culture, 1995

    These workshop, held in Great Britain and The Netherlands, brought
    together science and technology educators  and multimedia experts
    from the U.S., Australia, and several European countries.  Together
    they developed plans for pedagogical, multimedia materials for teaching
    about the bicycle.  This effort led to the International Study and
    Exchange Program.  U.S. participation in these workshops was supported
    by the National Science Foundation.

• International
Conference on the Bicycle in Science Pedagogy

    This conference, held in Lincoln, Nebraska, was jointly hosted by the
    University of Nebraska – Lincoln and Kansas State University.  Multimedia
    specialists, researchers on the science and technology of the bicycle and
    physics educators worked to gather to lay the basic ground work for a series
    of lessons on the science and technology of the bicycle and their cultural
    adaptations in different cultures.  The conference was supported by
    the Association of Big 8  (now Big 12) Universities.

• Resources

• Bicycle
Links



Principal Investigator at Kansas State University is Dean
Zollman
  email: dzollman@phys.ksu.edu.



The project has received funding from the Association of Big 8
(now Big 12) Universities, the U.S. National Science Foundation, the European
Commission, and the U.S. Department of Education.

This page last updated on February 19, 1999

Copyright © 1999 Physics Education Group, Kansas
State University


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