YOU ARE A POWER PLANT!
Combine Movement Breaks, STEM, and Sustainability Education into any K-12 classroom
in the most engaging, interactive, innovative way!
The World’s First Green Read and Ride Program
This 2 minute video says it all. I’ve never been prouder to be part of something as special as this.
26 Green Microcycles are now installed at Avoca Elementary in Michigan.
Kids are reading, riding, making electricity, and getting an experiential STEM education.
This could happen in your school too.
Are you an educator who is looking for funding for a Green Read and Ride Program?
Consider your Local Education Foundation (LEF). LEFs often provide GRANT FUNDING for innovative projects such as these. See if your community has a Local Education Foundation HERE.
Kids can take a few minutes, get the wiggles out, and never leave the classroom.
Comes With a Kid-Size Bike
Fits Kids 4 feet tall and up.
Integrate physical activity with Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.
Your Worst Case Scenario...
…Your Students Will Add Several Minutes Of Movement Without Taking Time Away From Academics.
SIMPLE TO ASSEMBLE
Comes in a kit, with minimal tools needed. A video tutorial takes you through every step.
FITS 4 FEET TALL & UP
The Ecocharger comes with a multi speed kid-size Bike with an easy adjust seat. Exact bike models vary based on need and availability.
IT LIGHTS UP!
An old-school rotating police light can be included. You can plug it in and watch it turn faster and get brighter, the faster you pedal! Very eye-catching and fun! Ask about adding one on.
GRID TIED ELECTRICITY
Plugs into any normal wall outlet up to 15 feet away. Your efforts help power the building!
COMES WITH A WATT METER
A watt meter is included, so you can track watts created and watt hours accumulated, giving you many opportunities to teach the value of energy.
The stand and generator are made to withstand a lot of use, and the bike is easily repaired by any local bike shop.
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Glencoe Elementary School recently became one of the first in the nation to bring energy-producing bikes into the classroom. The two bikes, designed by Portlander Adam Boesel, were funded through a teacher-led DonorsChoose project in less than 36 hours. Now all Glencoe students, even kindergarteners, can learn about energy production, conservation, sustainability, science and math while pedaling. Students whose individual education plans require activity also have a new and easy way to get exercise. The energy produced goes directly back into the grid.
Congrats to Glencoe, an Oregon Green School since 2002, for its leadership and inspiration!
Frequently Asked Questions
Can adults use the bike?
Yes, the bike pictured has an easily adjustable seat, so people 4 feet and up can use it. However, it is not meant to be a workout bike, since it is optimally sized for people between 5 and 6 feet tall.
What is minimum age you would recommend using it?
My 5 year old boy can use it, but it more depends on the maturity level of the child. They need to be able to understand they should sit, not stand on the seat, and start out pedaling slowly, then speed up.
How much supervision is required?
For an event, you should always have someone on hand to help each person on and off the bike and remind them to start slowly and then speed up. If it were in a situation where someone is repeatedly using it, it’s fine for people to use it independently once they have proven they know how to operate it safely. The main risks occur when people either stand up while pedaling or attempt to start by pedaling really fast.
Can they see the numbers as they are riding it?
Yes. A watt meter can show current watts being put back into the grid. The meter can also be adjusted to show watt hours accumulated.
How does the grid work? – Is this something that we can understand fairly easily – power going back into the grid over time, we would like to say we have powered the grid by so much each day.
The grid is simply the electrical system in your building that is also connected to the power lines outside your building. The bike sends electricity back into the building, or Grid, through a normal wall outlet. I often describe it as a stream going into a river. The bike is sending a trickle of electricity back into the building where it is used for other purposes like powering the lights. The watt meter will show you how many watt hours you have accumulated over time.
Do you think this would work for a fair attraction?
This has worked well in the past as a very fun, interactive attraction that gives people an introduction to human power and how it can be used to make electricity. You should expect children and adults to want to spend 30 seconds to a minute or more finding out how many watts they can generate.
What kind of contest would you suggest – how high can you make it go, how much power you can put in in one minute, etc.
For an event like yours where people will be walking by, I would suggest a contest where there are prizes for getting past a certain number on the meter, based on age. For example, young kids who get past 75 watts get some sort of prize, and adults who get past 100 watts get a prize. This is relatively easy to achieve, so use your discretion on numbers. I would avoid letting older kids and adults attempt to set a record for watts generated, because although the bike is stable, it’s not meant to be used at very high speeds repeatedly. It has a safety shut off , if it goes too fast or the user is generating more than 300 watts. The best option is to give people a prize based on how long they can keep the watts being generated above a certain level. This encourages them to settle into a rhythm.
This article shows a few different ways you can use it.
How is the stability?
This is meant for schools, so it’s designed for children in elementary school through high school. If a child cannot sit on the seat and touch both pedals through a full revolution, they are too small. An adult above 250 pounds is too large. It is stable, and can be made more stable by screwing the bottom of the stand to a platform. However people should be supervised and instructed to sit on the seat and start by pedaling slowly until they get the hang of it.