Gears and Energy
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Think like an engineer: Design energy-saving bicycle gears
People who describe a simple task as "easy as riding a bike" probably haven't ridden uphill lately. That takes energy – but a mechanical advantage can help you conserve your energy and go the distance. Understanding how gears and energy work can help you build a better bicycle that takes you where you want to go faster.
Get creative with design in class
In this engineering challenge you will learn how energy and force can be used to accomplish a goal, like powering a bicycle, by modeling gears in Autodesk Inventor software. Use the starter files and tutorial videos to help you get started and become the next great bicycle engineer!