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Family STEM, Cycling and Cider at Threadbare

May 23 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm


Spend a Sunday Morning at Threadbare  & find out how bicycles and cycling are excellent laboratories for learning about Physics, Engineering, Design, and Mathematics. STEM and Cycling is all about first-hand observation and fun hands-on activities. No computers or smartphones needed! Kids ages 9-13 and parents will be guided through 2 cycling modules demonstrating STEM principles by local cyclist Fred Zelt.

Helmet Design & Testing – Families will get a chance to construct their own “egg helmet” and test out it’s durability on a 16 foot zip line crash course. Learn about acceleration, deceleration, dynamic testing, G-force and helmet design.

Bike Physics – Teams will be given a bicycle, materials and time to find the best way to increase the ability of their bicycle to roll the
farthest without a rider, or to roll the longest without falling over. Learn about momentum, inertia, angular momentum, and bicycle design.

Let’s find out how cool and fun science can be! A portion of ticket sales will be donated to Pittsburgh Ruach Bicycle Club, a local STEM based bike program for kids.

Kids must be accompanied by a parent or guardian, and all attendees must buy tickets in advance. Your $10 ticket includes a pour of Threadbare Cider for adults, and non-alcoholic sweet cider and an oatmeal chocolate chip cookie for kids!

About the Program Leader: Fred Zelt is a retired geologist and cyclist living in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with an undergraduate degree in Earth Science from MIT and Ph.D. in Geology from Princeton. Fred is a certified League Cycling Instructor who pedaled a bike 4,295 miles from Maine to Seattle USA in 2017, helped lead a group cycling 3,785 miles from Virginia to San Francisco in 2018, and cycled 200 miles in a day for charity in 2019. Fred leads bike and hiking excursions that relate the shape of the land to its geologic underpinnings.
These modules were created by Earth Science Excursions, LLC which Fred founded.


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May 23
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Threadbare Cider House
1291 Spring Garden Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15212 United States


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