Gear Up: The Science of Bikes

Take a ride through the science of bicycling! Since its inception in the late 19th century, the bicycle has affected how people live, work, and play. From schoolyards and mountain trails to bustling city streets, we encounter bicycles nearly every day. The bicycle is an elegant example of basic science principles and material science. Visitors learn how bikes work, the history/evolution of the bike; the science and technology behind the machine, and how bikes have impacted our culture. Like the bicycle itself, the exhibition has been designed to appeal to people of all ages with diverse interests.

  • Developed by Carnegie Science Center and produced in partnership with Sciencenter
  • Family audience; perfect for field trips
  • Size: 1,800 – 2,500 sq. ft.
  • Rental Fee: $33,000 for 3 ½ month rental
  • Shipping: 1 truck

  • Designed to complement physical science and engineering lessons at all grade levels.
  • Interactive components correlate to Next Generation Science Standards including:
  • Conservation of energy and energy transfer.
  • Relationship between energy and forces.
  • Define and deliminate engineering problems to develop possible solutions.
  • Structure and properties of matter.

Gear Up: The Science of Bikes
Fall 2023: Booked
Spring 2024: Booked
Summer 2024: Booked
Fall 2024: Available
Spring 2025: Available
Summer 2025: Available


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