We’re actively prototyping — come check us out! (see below for more details)
In the vein of public art displays, Bike to Scale is a public science experience, located in openly-accessible parks and sidewalks, used as a learning tool that aims to engage the public audience and teach about energy and scale — all through a blend of digital and tangible interfaces requiring physical effort and exertion. Pedal your way to understanding energy!
With an ever-growing abundance of marketing and social messages about sustainability, conservation, and renewable energy, the subject area can be confusing, riddled with impractical suggestions and abstract concepts. Born from a deep interest in the affordances of both digital and tangible learning tools, hands-on and informal educational experiences, accessibility for all learners, and the importance of environmental literacy, Bike to Scale focuses on enabling learners to gain a deeper understanding of energy, by connecting the physical exertion required of biking with graphical, embodied units and scale comparisons.
This tool, which was a final project of the 2012 Learning, Design, and Technology (LDT) Master’s program at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Education, endeavors to establish a basis of understanding about energy, help construct meaning and relevancy to the learners’ own lives and actions, and trigger increased interest in this realm.
Currently, it’s undergoing improvements and prototyping, in association with Stanford University’s REDLab research on family science learning.
Come check us out at the following locations (to be updated often)!
– The Tech Museum of Innovation, San Jose, CA on Mon, Feb 18 from 11am to 2pm
– the Palo Alto California Ave farmer’s market on Sun, Feb 24 from 9:30am to ~11am
– Lawrence Hall of Science, Berkeley, CA, as part of the Open MAKE session on Bikes, on Sat, Mar 16 from 10am to 2pm
– The Tech Museum of Innovation, San Jose, CA TBD