Planning for the trip and being on the road involved lots of quick decisions that didn't require much collaboration.
Getting this new project going has been the opposite. I am working within a school system which is amazingly flexible and open but still moves at a much slower pace than I am used to.
Yesterday, I met with two of the teachers who are part of the Green Academy. The Green Academy is a school within a school on the Woodside High campus and its focus is sustainability and technical skill building for students who are motivated but not inspired by the more traditional academic offerings in high school.
I have been talking with Josh Rubin and Marin Aldrich since the beginning of the school year and yesterday they presented a plan that integrates some of their goals (bicycle recycling project) with my goal of introducing electric bicycles into the high school community.
|Sunday Cruise with Liza (Note front wheel hub motor on my recumbent- Sweet and simple)|
ELECTRIC RIDERS PROJECT OUTLINE:
Goals: - to refurbish and resell/donate used bikes
- to market, build, and sell electric bikes
- to involve students at every level of this project possible
1. All interested students will have their schedule moved (switch with Ann's class) so that they are in Josh's 7th period class. This will allow us to work with that team of students on A-days from 1:35-3:10.
2. Those not directly involved in the bike component of this project will work to accomplish other support activities for the bike repair team: building a shed to protect bikes, working on marketing and sales strategies for both electric and refurbished bikes, capacity-building and networking in the community to find old bikes and sell refurbished ones.
3. We will start in January with some of the initial work: training the students on basic bike repair (Marin and Oliver), pulling in former students as repair trainers (Mac, Ricky, Sean), building the shed (Josh and a team of students).
And yes, that is the same Sean who was part of our cross country team!
So my first job is to get fingerprinted so that I can volunteer with the students.