Nordonia Middle School Girls Participate in 2017 Energy Bike Project

Solon, OH - Girls from Nordonia Middle School, along with students from three other Northeast Ohio schools, participated in the NOPEC Energy Bike Project: Activating and Energizing Girls in Science (AEGIS). The students spent three days building an energy bike to take back to their schools.

During the event, the students learned the mechanics of the energy bike, then applied their knowledge by assembling and wiring the bikes. They also participated in a variety of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) related games and activities.

“The energy bike is a really cool thing that I’m excited to incorporate when I’m teaching the kids things about energy conservation,” said Kayla Moore, who teaches 7th and 8th grade science at Nordonia Middle School and was present at the event.

When asked about how the Activating and Energizing Girls in Science program benefits female students, Deborah Yerkes, the Executive Director of the Ohio Energy Project said, “The AEGIS program is an opportunity for middle school girls to come together to build an energy bike for their school district. It is also a time for girls to develop their leadership qualities, to learn many new skills in circuitry, and, most importantly, to begin to see themselves in a STEM related career. This program empowers the female students to believe they are capable of becoming anyone they want to be.”

The event had a positive impact on many of the students. “I’ve seen them step up and be leaders,” said Kayla Moore.

NOPEC provided the funding and support necessary to bring this program to Northeast Ohio. NOPEC has also provided teaching materials and the energy bikes the students built to the schools to use in their energy science curricula and to share with their communities.

“Increasing awareness of energy conservation and the advantages of energy-efficiency is an important part of NOPEC’s mission to give back to our member communities in a way that can benefit them for years to come,” explained NOPEC’s Executive Director Chuck Keiper. “The Energy Bike Project provides NOPEC the opportunity to share this message while educating and empowering the energy-decision makers of the future.”

The Energy Bike Project concluded June 14th with a celebration event awarding students with participation medals. During the celebration, the students gave presentations to demonstrate the knowledge and skills learned during the program.

Watch a YouTube video about the project here: Energy Bike Project 2017
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