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What Makes a Bicycle?: A Coloring Activity to Teach Basic Mechanical Concepts

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Rosamond L. Dolid

MTS Systems Corporation

Paper No. IMECE2006-13307, pp. 67-71; 5 pages
  • ASME 2006 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Innovations in Engineering Education: Mechanical Engineering Education, Mechanical Engineering Technology Department Heads
  • Chicago, Illinois, USA, November 5 – 10, 2006
  • Conference Sponsors: Mechanical Engineering Education, Mechanical Engineering Technology Department Heads
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4781-0 | eISBN: 0-7918-3790-4
  • Copyright © 2006 by ASME


A hands-on coloring activity is developed that teaches participants basic mechanical concepts using visual, auditory and tactile learning styles. The fist version of the coloring activity book is geared toward 4th-6th grade students, and is easily expandable to high school and beyond by incorporating more detail and associating the colored-in drawings with relevant physics and mathematical equations. A facilitator leads the students through the coloring activity, one part at a time. For example, the frame of a bicycle is colored one tube at time, the students are directed to write in the name of each tube as they color, and a discussion of basic functionality and design constraints can ensue. A second coloring activity is currently under development to teach basic functionality of an electro-hydraulic servovalve. This activity is not suited for children – it is aimed at adults who are either students of fluid power or work in industrial settings that involve fluid power.

Copyright © 2006 by ASME
Topics: Bicycles



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