Students compete to in a cross-country bike race powering the bikes with the spinning of their arms. They can produce a greater output force by spinning their arms in a small circle. They can move faster by spinning their arms in a large circle. Through this game play they develop a conceptual understanding of key topics including gear ratios, mechanical advantage, force, work, and gravity. In this scenario students are able to design and chart their own race courses.
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