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Author

CyclingAtlas

Grades

6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th

Subjects

Science, Engineering, World Languages, Spanish

Resource Type

  • Videos, 2 minutes, 43 seconds, CC, Subtitles

Regional Focus

South and Central America

Format

YouTube Video

Maya Pedal: Bicimáquinas

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Synopsis
  • This subtitled video showcases a bicycle recycling project called Maya Pedal, which is based in Guatemala and uses old bicycle parts to perform other tasks, such as grinding corn or blending aloe. 
  • Students will see how Maya Pedal repurposes the old bicycle parts into fuel-free mechanical devices.
  • The video is spoken in Spanish with English subtitles.
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • This innovative recycling project makes use of discarded bicycle parts while providing people with a fuel-free machine that increases productivity.
  • The video description provides more information about Maya Pedal.

Additional Prerequisites

  • The video is in Spanish with English subtitles.
  • Ads may play before the video.
  • The link to Worldwide Cycling Atlas in the video description does not work.

Differentiation

  • Students could watch this video in a Spanish language class to practice vocabulary related to nature and climate change and to practice receptive listening skills.
  • Students could plan a recycling project to take commonly discarded objects and use them to make something useful for the community.
  • Other resources on this topic include this video on a nonprofit that recycles e-waste, this video on creating a circular economy, and this video on avoiding single-use plastic.
Scientist Notes
This 3-minute video gives a quick introduction to Maya Pedal, an NGO based in Guatemala that manufactures human-powered bicycle-derived machines (called Bicimáquinas) for various home and community uses such as pumping or blending. This is an inspirational resource and is recommended for teaching.
Standards
  • Science
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • HS-ESS3-4. Evaluate or refine a technological solution that reduces impacts of human activities on natural systems.
    • ETS1: Engineering Design
      • 3-5-ETS1-1. Define a simple design problem reflecting a need or a want that includes specified criteria for success and constraints on materials, time, or cost.
      • HS-ETS1-3. Evaluate a solution to a complex real-world problem based on prioritized criteria and trade-offs that account for a range of constraints, including cost, safety, reliability, and aesthetics, as well as possible social, cultural, and environmental impacts.
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