After last weeks bike brake-down, it was time to start the rebuild process. This week we focused on the bearing systems, wheels/tires and the brakes. I have never seen so many old bikes being fixed at the same time.
Some people also brought in their own bikes and started to fix them up, like the amazing Schwinn tandem bike from the Eastside Riders.
This past Tuesday’s OpenShop, we started to clear out the room behind the computer lab so it can be turned into our Makerspace workshop. It was a very dirty and heavy job, but with help from many of our super resourceful students we accomplished much in a short time! We are very close to having a new workshop where we can build some crazy stuff!
We had the first ever class of Tron Bikes this past weekend and it was a huge success! Students from 9 to 39 years of age were all working together to not only learn the parts of a bicycle, but also to breakdown several bikes to be rebuilt the following week.
Thank you to the East Side Riders for all of the help! The class would have not worked out without them. Taking apart five bikes with 20+ people is a lot of work!
We kicked off the first day in our series of AwesomeShops today…starting with Day 1 of “Play With Electricity.”
This AwesomeShop is an investigation of electricity, electronics and renewable energy. The idea is to help folks young and old to better understand electricity…what it is, how it works, how we measure it, how to use less of it, and how to make it ourselves.
We assembled various simple electronic circuits with batteries, magnets, test
leads, lightbulbs and LEDs, switches, and potentiometers. This helped everyone better understand the flow of electricty and the function of all the parts. As we finished up, I heard someone say “Whoa, I learned a lot today!” And that’s the idea…