Faculty bring ‘electronic bicycle’ to Adventure Days at Honeoye Falls-Lima Middle School

Youngsters amused watching their teachers maneuver unusual bike

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The CAST E-Bike was one of several competing in RIT’s Green Vehicle Challenge, part of the Imagine RIT Innovation and Creativity Festival.

Members of the College of Applied Science and Technology faculty demonstrated their electronic bicycle to Honeoye Falls-Lima middle school students at the school’s HFL Adventure Days on June 17. The bike demonstration was part of the school’s annual science day and was featured in the Environmental Expo.

This was the first time the college’s team participated at the event. During the day, classes from the school met with faculty, such as Mike Eastman, chair of RIT’s electrical, computer and telecommunications engineering technology department, to learn about the bike, how it was built and its impact on the environment.

“The bike definitely was the hit of the adventure day,” says Eastman. “The students really would have liked to ride the bike, but they loved watching their teachers ride. This definitely created a lot of excitement and cheering for the teachers to ride. Some were apprehensive at first but with persuasion from their students they were all willing. ”