Spokes: Biking Across America

Inspiring students to learn what they love

For the summer of 2017, a team of 7 MIT and Harvard students will bike across the United States in collaboration with edX and Teach for America as part of an effort to rethink STEM education. As we go, we will stop at a dozen schools, libraries, and camps throughout the country to hold learning festivals. At each school, we will teach hands-on, project-based classes based on our passions in STEM.

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Meet Our Team!

Our Team

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  • Margalit
  • Javier
  • Masha
  • Olivia
  • Cody
  • Caity
  • Thi

Our Classes

Games, Games, and More Games: Math and Strategy

In this workshop, students will play various games and puzzles to explore mathematical concepts such as probability and combinatorics. Students will probe at questions of probability and combinatorics through play with tilings and colorings. Also, physical games will be used as tools for exploration, conjecture, and as a means to facilitate engagement of different age levels in the classroom. Concepts will included pattern puzzles, building blocks, and the game SET as part of our workshop.

Neuropsych Seminar

In this sensational workshop, students will explore all five of their senses and learn about the complexity behind how the brain interprets sensory information! The first half of the workshop will be focused on many small but fun activities that will highlight the subconscious tendencies of our human brain. Once the students have a better understanding of how our senses work, in the second half of the workshop we will take a deeper step and delve into a dissection of a Cow’s Eye Ball, where we will examine the anatomy of a sensory organ. Here’s to hoping all of this crazy brain stuff will make a lot more sense after this workshop!

How Computers Work: Building Circuits

Ever wondered how a computer solves math problems? Or how it represents numbers and words in a bunch of 1s and 0s? In this workshop, you will learn about binary, the language of computers. We’ll talk about the basic building blocks of computers, transistors and logic gates, and see how these elements come together to form a computers. Then you’ll get to use those gates to build circuits on breadboards that can add numbers for you - and maybe even do more!

Build your own Motor and Catapult: Physics in Action

In this workshop, you will learn the basics of medieval mechanics as well as electricity and magnetism. You’ll have an opportunity to build your own homemade motor and catapult. After learning the basics of how these three pieces of technology work, there will be a competition for whoever’s catapult launches the farthest, (fabulous prizes included)! By working on these projects, you will gain the skills to conceptually understand and physically create your own physics experiments!


Our Route


Contact Us!

Email: spokes-2017@mit.edu

Facebook: www.facebook.com/spokesamerica