Faculty Advisor

Brown, Donald R.

Abstract

This report describes EduCycle, a system for demonstrating the reduced energy requirements of modern lighting in a hands-on manner to elementary school students. EduCycle consists of a bicycle trainer connecting a bicycle to a generator and a bank of incandescent, compact fluorescent (CFL), and light emitting diode (LED) light bulbs. The EduCycle system facilitates experiential learning by allowing the user to physically experience the amount of power required by each type of lighting. EduCycle has been designed from the ground-up to be portable, durable and safe, and was beta tested on 3rd grade elementary school students. Surveys collected from the beta test indicate that the students achieved the intended learning outcomes of the project.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

December 2012

Major

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Electrical and Computer Engineering

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