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Author

CyclingAtlas

Grades

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

Subjects

Science, Engineering, World Languages, Spanish

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.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.
      • 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.
  • Social Sciences
    • Social Science Analysis (K-12)
      • 6.27 Assess individual and collective capacities to take action to address local and regional issues, taking into account a range of possible levers of power, strategies, and potential outcomes.
      • 8.34 Analyze how a specific problem can manifest itself at local, regional, and global levels over time, identifying its characteristics and causes, and the challenges and opportunities faced by those trying to address the problem.
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