EC.723 D-Lab: Cycle Ventures
D-Lab: Cycle Ventures explores bicycle technology to provide human power for an increasing array of other purposes including water pumping, grain grinding and transport of loads in underserved communities with the aim to offer economic opportunity. The course provides a historical prespective on innovation in bicycle technology, reviews its engineering mechanisms and draws on the ubiquity of bikes to present them as innovative tools to foster socio-economic development. The course involves lectures and two types of projects. Early in the semester the whole class tackles on a single, joint, design and fabrication project. Later, students will form teams and take on design challenges from organizations that work with bicycle based technologies around the world. Optional January travel to partner communities. Enrollment limited.
|Semester Offered:||Fall (Offered since 2009)|
|Units (credit hours)||3-0-3|
|Class Size:||16 students|