Cycling Physics (While Cycling)
A Combined Teaching & Endurance Cycling Event
Benefiting Students of Lake Mary High School and the American Diabetes Association
Luther F. Davis III, physics teacher in Lake Mary, Florida, plans to cycle in his classroom for the entire 7 hour school day. His students will be treated to unique lessons about physics principles related to bike riding while also spreading health awareness in support of the American Diabetes Association.
Thanks Everyone, It Was Awesome! 143.1 Miles - 7 Hours - While Teaching! $1705.64 Raised On Feb. 4, 2010!
Video Clips Below
Seminole Cyclists Fight Diabetes Goals & Classroom Setup Explained Apparatus Description Little Rams Stop By! Red Bug Elementary Breaking 140 Miles! Countdown to 7 hours - 143.1 Miles!
Additional Video Segments are Available Here The full 7 hours are being edited and will be updated soon. Lake Mary High School PodCast is Here
All donations benefit the American Diabetes Association!
Now Davis, who within the
last few years has become an avid cyclist, is planning to conquer new
territory. On February
2010 he plans to cycle 140 miles in the classroom, all the while teaching physics
and raising awareness for the American Diabetes Association's Tour
"What I'm really excited about is teaching students in a
creative and unique way,"
Besides teaching physics, the event is also raising funds for the American Diabetes Association.
You can sponsor this teaching-cycling
Click image for Tour de Cure Information.
Date & Time
Thursday, February 4, 2010
7:25 am - 2:25 pm, EST
Watch The Event Live!
Live streaming video will be available from: Live Stream - Physics While Cycling the day/time of the event!
Cycling in the Classroom?
A "free motion roller" was constructed by Mr. Davis from off-the-shelf bike training components with custom designed framing.
The apparatus allows for a realistic riding experience while remaining stationary with respect to the classroom. The bike is not attached to the rollers in any way.
How Far is He Going to Go?
A maximum goal is an average pace of 20 mph for seven hours yielding 140 miles for the school day!
Bathroom and stretch breaks will be minimal to maximize total distance obtained.
The lesson provided to each class is outlined below:
1) Event Goals
2) Brief Bicycle History
3) Physics of Cycling
a) Work - Physical effort
b) Power - Work done over time intervals
c) Energy - Describes objects state
d) Angular Momentum - Spinning wheels
e) Torque - Varying force via gears
f) Biological effort vs. Physical effort
4) American Diabetes Association Support
Download the PowerPoint
The prepared PowerPoint delivered to students will be available here a few days before the event.
Student seating will maximize viewing of the cyclist (teacher) as well as three LCD projection displays:
1) Prepared PowerPoint
2) Real-time imagery of data collection;
a) accumulated distance (miles),
b) current speed (mph),
c) current heart rate (% max), and
e) current cadence (pedal rpm)
3) Current view from Live Streaming link above.
Lake Mary High School
Where Mr. Davis teaches.
A Central Florida Cycling Club to which Mr. Davis belongs.
Luther's Personal Tour de Cure Team Page
You can check individual and team goals.
American Diabetes Association
An honorable charity worth supporting.
Luther F. Davis III
Lake Mary High School
655 Longwood-Lake Mary Road
Lake Mary, Florida 32746