Learning objects Wild ride: race day


Prepare a bike for racing. Use a simulator to test how performance is affected by frame type, tyres, wheel size and gears. Test how different combinations affect speed and handling. Then choose equipment and gear shift tactics best suited to track conditions on race day. This learning object is one in a series of four objects.

Educational details

Key learning objectives
  • Students relate cycling performance to forces, which vary according to wheel size, tyre pressure and tread.
  • Students investigate how gears affect operational efficiency in cycling.
  • Students relate cog size to speed and energy efficiency of a cyclist over a range of gradients and surfaces.
Educational value
  • Relates cycling performance to variables such as wheel size, tyre pressure, tread and gears.
  • Simulates computer modelling procedures and data measurement.
  • Challenges students to optimise performance in a timed race scenario.
Year level

5; 6; 7; 8

Learning area
  • science
  • Science/Physical sciences
  • Science/Science as a human endeavour
  • Science/Science inquiry skills
  • Science/Science understanding
    • Science/Simple experiments
    • Science/Simple machines
    • Science/Equipment
    • Science/Everyday life
    • Science/Energy transfer
    • Science/Force
    • Analysis;
    • Application;
    • Comprehension;
    • Knowledge
    Student activity
    • Interactives;
    • Games;
    • Experiment;
    • Analysis;
    • Modelling;
    • Data manipulation and interpretation;
    • Estimation
    Learning design
    • Experiential learning;
    • Independent learning;
    • Problem solving;
    • Visual learning

    Other details

    • Subject matter expert
    • Organisation: Government of Western Australia; The Department of Education
    • Address: East Perth WA 6004 Australia
    • URL: http://www.eddept.wa.edu.au/
    • Technical implementer
    • Organisation: The University of Western Australia; The Centre for Learning Technology
    • Address: Nedlands WA 6907 Australia
    • URL: http://www.clt.uwa.edu.au/
    • Publisher
    • Date of contribution: 28 Jan 2014
    • Organisation: Education Services Australia
    • Address: Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia
    • URL: http://www.esa.edu.au
    Access profile
    • Generic
    Learning resource type
    • Interactive Resource
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    • MS-Windows - minimum version: XP - maximum version: 7
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