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MIT Spokes Cycles Across the Country to Teach STEM Classes


MIT Spokes riders in front of the Golden Gate Bridge

MIT Spokes riders ended their cross-country trek in front of the Golden Gate Bridge.

Credit: MIT Spokes

Six student members of MIT Spokes rode their bicycles 3,800 miles across the United States this summer to teach STEM classes at learning festivals, centers for adjudicated youth, summer schools, libraries, summer camps, and after-school programs. 

Robert Henning, Mariela Perez-Cabarcas, Simone Lassar, Maxwell Yun, Franklin Zhang, and Sophia Fang rode from Washington to San Francisco in just 80 days, averaging around 60 miles a day. Teammate Keaten Clarno helped with planning and logistics.

At various locations along their route, the riders taught middle school and high school students STEM classes in color and chromatography, 3D printing, the physics of music, circuitry, and solar cell technology. They showed some students how to make electricity using just light and a tart mixture of raspberry and blackberry juices.

From MIT News
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