Energy Bike

Energy Bike
Posted on 02/19/2020
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Indian Lake Middle School students recently hopped on the Logan County Electric Cooperative's Energy Bike to see how much of their energy it can take to power devices. 
Michael Wilson from the Logan County Electric Co-operative presented the “Energy Bike” to seventh graders in Jana Core's science classes.  
Wilson explains, "We use electricity all the time, but we don't think about it because it's just there...Every time you flip a switch, you affect the power plant. You make it work a little harder and burn a little more coal."
The Energy Bike allows riders to experience their energy being transformed into light, heat and sound.  As the power consumption increases by turning on more bulbs or appliances, the bike becomes harder to pedal. Several students got to try it out.
The Energy Bike also promotes energy conservation and teaches lighting technology as it compares LED (light emitting diode) and CFL (compact fluorescent) light bulbs to incandescent light bulbs.  In addition, Wilson covered details on the operation of the Logan County Electric Co-operative and power plant generation. He also discussed the pros and cons of different forms of energy including wind, solar, natural gas, coal and more. 
Core says the demonstration covered key parts of the curriculum such as converting chemical and mechanical energy into electricity.