- If you had the opportunity, what would you change about your bicycle?
- How could you prove that your bicycle is better than your friend’s?
- What do you think happens at an international science fair?
- How does Renato convert mechanical energy into electrical energy?
- Why did Ronak and Anish start trying to build a chainless bicycle?
- How did Ronak and Anish show that their bicycle was better than its conventional counterpart?
- Why did Mackenzie measure both her maximum speed and the average speed for every set of wheels she tested?
- Renato says that, with improvements, his Multibike could help bring electricity to remote regions of the rainforest. What other kinds of activities could you imagine his bike being used for?
- Design your own bike experiment. What materials do you need? How will you record your data? Try to predict the results.
- What were the different motivations and perspectives that led Renato, Ronak, Anish, and Mackenzie to their specific bicycle experiments?
- Why is it important to bring people together from many countries to discuss their scientific experiments?
- Imagine you were a judge at the science fair. Compare the three experiments that were discussed in the article, and write an assessment of who deserves a prize and why.
- What will bicycles look like in the future? Draw your own futuristic bicycle. Be sure to label and explain all of your innovations.
- How far in miles is Anish’s bike ride to school?
- How fast in miles per hour did Mackenzie’s bicycle go when she used the specialty wheels?
- What sort of data and calculations did Ronak and Anish use to figure out how much time they’d save by not using a chain?