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Richland Two Institute of Innovation (R2i2), Richland County Ecofitness Project

2/15/2017

Richland Two Institute of Innovation (R2i2), Richland County
Ecofitness Project

High school students in the Next Energy class will learn about alternative energy sources while promoting healthy lifestyles. A Read and Ride bicycle is a stationary bike that has been adapted to use energy generated by pedaling to charge small batteries and power small wattage applications, while allowing a student to read and exercise at the same time. An LED display on the bike helps students visualize the watts generated and how exercise relates to energy. Students will use the Read and Ride bike to calculate the watts of mechanical energy generated, calories burned, and carbon dioxide avoided. They’ll compare that data to other alternative energy sources such as the solar panels on the school’s roof and the hydrogen fuel cell in the energy lab. The school is excited about this project because it ties energy conservation and pollution reduction with exercise as part of a healthy lifestyle.