Thu May 20th, 2021
New exhibition explores the history and science behind bicycles. From Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend, The Powerhouse will present GEAR UP: The Science of Bikes, organized by Carnegie Science Center (Pittsburgh) From schoolyards and mountain trails to bustling city streets, we encounter bicycles nearly every day. Since its inception in the late 19th century, the bicycle has affected how people live, work, and play. Its popularity has only grown over time, and it is as relevant today as it was 100 ago.
Because the bicycle is so commonplace, it’s easy to take for granted how it actually works. The bicycle is an elegant example of basic science principles and material science. Visitors learn how bikes work; what the history/evolution of the bike is; 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 and with diverse interests, from STEM to design to history to art.
BIKES includes 10 bikes exemplifying these categories:
In addition, the exhibition includes a dozen interactive science exhibits, including:
For more details, visit www.powsci.org or call 970 259 9234.