YCIS Pudong Students’ Tech Start-Up Builds Bamboo Bikes and Website
Last week, YCIS Pudong IB Students from Design and Technology, Computer Science, Sports and Health Science, Environmental Systems and Sciences, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics were faced with a two-day practical challenge: to use their knowledge and skills from their respective areas of study to create a website for the ‘Make More Together Workshop,’ a Shanghai-based bamboo bicycle business.
In order to achieve this, the Design Team worked against the clock to build two working bicycles of their own; the Physics Team tested the tensile strength of various materials; the Sustainability Team researched the environmental impacts of bamboo, as well as of the bicycle as a mode of transport; the Sports Team researched positive effects of cycling on the body; and the Web Team were responsible for bringing all of this content together to create a website rich in information, which will be used by the locally-based business to promote their product.
According to the students, this experience not only put their skills and knowledge to the test but it also illustrated the many benefits of a collaborative project:
“I loved every moment of this project! It was great experiential learning, and our skills and creativity were really put to good use. Collaborating with people from a range of disciplines showed me just how important teamwork is in achieving something amazing.” – Oi In, Year 13
“I liked this project because it was so much fun and because we were able to make so many independent decisions about the outcome of the final product. It was fantastic to blend my passion for IB Sports Science with my interests in cycling and design, and to work together as a team to make such an amazing bicycle.” – Nathan, Year 13
“I learned not only about the benefits of bamboo bikes but also about other things, like how to work with different teams of people. Finishing such a substantial project gives you a genuine sense of pride and accomplishment.” – Ruth, Year 13
“I really enjoyed working with my classmates to create a functioning end product. We used our creativity to select many elements of the bicycle, including the handlebars, colours, pedals, the engraving design for the bamboo frame, and more. In addition, I liked the challenge of creatively solving problems and, of course, it was great to take the bikes for a spin across campus once they were finished!” – SJ, Year 13
The benefits of this project will continue, as well, as the two bicycles that were built by the Design Team will be up for auction later this Semester to raise money to help the Renewal Center change the lives of homeless people in Shanghai.
In all, this fantastic experience truly gave the students the opportunity to manage multiple facets of a project, and once they found their pace and got into gear, it was a smooth ride all the way, with this group of Year 13 students proving themselves to be a tour-de-force when it comes to project management!