- Who: Campers entering Grades 6-10
- What: Mountain Biking Camp
- When: July 10-14, 2017
- Drop-off begins 8:45am, Pick-up begins 4:00pm
- Where: Deep Well, Percy Warner Park
- What to Bring: Mountain Bike, Helmet, Lunch, Weather-appropriate clothing and a plastic water bottle.
Riders learn bike maintenance, bike set-up and a variety of riding skills to help them enjoy their riding even more. The camps are full of cycling activities that keep things fun and challenging. Along the way riders are learning important STEM Concepts (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). STEM Concepts are a focal point in ongoing education. So even if camp participants are having too much fun to realize it, they are learning skills that will aid them in their educational development.Extra BMX and Trials bikes can be provided by Cycling Causes.
Camps held in Nashville, TN utilize Percy Warner Park’s 8 miles of trails and all kinds of interesting terrain to ride around and over.
Themes: Bike Set-up and Maintenance. Proper Bike Fit. Safety. Looking at different types of bike/design for purpose.
Activities: Hands-on bike build and tune-up. Tire pressure comparison test. Seat position experiment. How to read the terrain. Slow races.
STEM Concepts: Leverage, Friction, Force, Engineering Design.
Themes: Body Positioning, Pumping, Cornering, Braking
Activities: Figure Eights, Average Speed and Braking Exercise, Techniques for different kinds of corners, Pump-Distance challenge.
STEM Concepts: Energy, Center of Gravity, Calculating Averages.
Themes: Fundamentals of Balance, Introduction to Trials Riding, Bike Control.
Activities: Balancing in place, Beginnings of a Wheelie, Pedal Kicks, Dealing with Obstacles, Mini Trials Competition.
STEM Concepts: Gyroscopic stability, Opposing Forces, Stored and Kinetic Energy.
Themes: Dealing with Obstacles in the trail, Maintaining Momentum and Flow.
Activities: Small Jumps, Riding the rear wheel, Getting over obstacles, Step-up Challenge.
STEM Concepts: Systems of Constant Energy in Different Forms – Chemical Energy, Mechanical Energy, Gravitational Forces, etc.
Themes: FUN with all that’s been learned.
Activities: Riding and fun competitions.
STEM Concepts: Review and Importance of STEM Learning. Positive effects of Cycling and Healthy Living on our communities