Electric bicycle is not only a means of transportation, but also an educational tool
 Apr 15, 2020|View:813

High school students skilled in assembling electric bicycles

Do you need an electric bike? Now only need to find Richmond high school students Sachneet Arora and Amritpal Singh, in just two hours, these two third grade students can purchase all the necessary parts online, and even help you assemble it.


This is an admirable skill, especially the current electric bike is getting more and more attention. In the United States, many large cities regard electric bicycles as a solution to traffic congestion and emission reduction.

Well-known American company sponsors the Electric Bike Challenge

In each year of his high school career, Sachneet and Amritpal participated in the Richmond High School Electric Bike Challenge. This autumn project is produced by Chevron Richmond (a well-known American oil company and the world's largest geothermal energy producer). Sponsor), students of the project design and manufacture electric bicycles with the help of tutors. Chevron Richmond's retired employee Cortis Cooper launched the program in 2012. His main focus is to provide interesting practical activities for engineering-related students, provide a study with professional engineers at the Richmond Refinery, and study at the University of California at Berkeley. Opportunities for graduate courses.

Thanks to the emerging electric bicycle industry, the purpose of the Richmond High School curriculum is now more practical: to help students prepare for the emerging industry.


Cooper said: "I think any child here will have the opportunity to work for these (electric bicycle) companies immediately after graduating from high school." "They have practical experience and some experience in operating the technology."

For these students, the timing could not be better. In 2016, the fourth year of the Richmond High School Electric Bike Challenge, the US-assisted bicycle market grew by at least 50% year-on-year. This number may actually be as high as 70%. Report of eCycleElectric, an electric bicycle market consultant.

Richmond City Transportation Project Manager Lori Rees Brown said Richmond City government officials will meet with representatives of Gotcha Mobility this week to discuss the launch of the electric bike sharing system, including the determination of the location of the hub. With funding support from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), Gotcha Mobility is expected to launch 25 hubs containing 250 electric bicycles by the end of summer 2020.

Do not stick to textbooks, US high school students gain more practical experience

Gotcha Mobility officials are encouraged to know that the city already has a future workforce that may serve the industry.

Gotcha Mobility spokesperson Caroline Passe said of the Richmond High E-Bike Challenge: "We hope to hear the younger generation's interest in building electric bicycles to change the future." "The key to reducing single-car travel is to provide viable options and ways to use electric mobility products fairly, just as these students are designing and building.

The Electric Bike Challenge will begin in September and end in Richmond High School in November. To encourage students, Chevron Richmond will provide $ 650 to each student team as a fund to modify ordinary bicycles. They need to adopt engineering design principles, show the organizers their modification plans, order the required parts, and assemble the electric bicycles before the competition on Friday, November 15 this year.

The judges evaluated their electric bicycles based on realistic indicators such as speed, aesthetics, maneuverability and weight.

Cooper said: "We want to give these children the experience of working with real engineers so that they can understand the real world when they are in high school."


These students have indeed gained a wealth of experience. Taking Sachneet Arora and Amritpal Singh as examples, they told WCCUSD that it took them three days in the first year to find all the parts needed to manufacture electric bicycles; in their sophomore year, the same process took them two days Time; and this year, they only spent two hours.

According to WCCUSD, their strategy is to spend more money on quality batteries and electric motors than on the bicycle itself. Their decision paid off – they won the overall game last month. Blaine Nickerson, the project manager of their mentor Chevron Richmond, said the two were "very skilled" and did not need much guidance this year.

Nixon told WCCUSD: "It feels really great to watch the children grow up."

Chevron Richmond focuses on STEM skills development

The Richmond Electric Bike Challenge is one of many programs initiated and funded by Chevron Richmond. It aims to stimulate and nurture students' interest in STEM fields, including science, technical engineering, and mathematics. Chevron also regularly sponsors projects designed to provide practical practical experience for students, including the ACS project SEED internship, the Northern California Youth Project, the Richmond Factory Laboratory, and the "fuel your school" program.

Lily Rahnema, Community Engagement Manager, Chery Long Richmond said: "Our goal is to provide a wealth of programs, resources and experience to inspire and help young people in our community to engage in the STEM field, helping them to include Chevron Richmond Prepare for future work including it. "


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