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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
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.


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

Principal Investigator at Kansas State University is Dean
  email: [email protected]

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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