Spokes: Biking Across America

Inspiring students to learn what they love

For the summer of 2017, a team of 8 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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  • Matisse
  • 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. fdsjksdfjsfdl

Sports Science Seminar

During the Sports Science Seminar, students will discuss the science behind some of their favorite sports. We'll start off by discussing Sports Psychology and how Neurobiology relates to some of the most important aspects of sports, such as teamwork and psychological state of mind. We'll then transition into Sports Biomechanics, where we'll discuss the physics behind common sports motions from walking to jumping to throwing a basketball. Students will then lastly take what they've learned and apply it in a friendly competition, building and programming their robots to "play sports".

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 Speaker 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 speaker, motor, and/or 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