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Venue:EcoTarium
Dates:Saturday, May 18, 2019 - Sunday, February 2, 2020
Hours:Hours Vary see below
Ages:Kids, Teens, Adults
In/Outdoor:Indoor
Cost:$$ see below
Category:Exhibits
gear up the science of bikes kicks off with bike fest photoFrom Saturday, May 18, 2019 through early 2020, the EcoTarium museum of science and nature will present GEAR UP: The Science of Bikes, organized by Carnegie Science Center (Pittsburgh).

BIKE FEST is planned for the opening day celebration on Saturday, May 18 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is free with general admission. The event includes an obstacle course for kids, riding demos, fix-it clinics, and tons of hands-on activities. Kids under 12 are encouraged to bring their bikes and helmets.

From schoolyards and mountain trails to bustling city streets, we encounter bicycles nearly every day. Since its inception in the late 19th century, the bicycle has affected how people live, work, and play. Its popularity has only grown over time, and it is as relevant today as it was 100 years ago.

Visitors learn how bikes work; what the history/evolution of the bike is; the science and technology behind the machine; and how bikes have impacted our culture. Like the bicycle itself, the exhibit has been designed to appeal to people of all ages and with diverse interests, from STEM to design to history to art.

The Science of Bikes includes 10 bikes exemplifying these categories

Origins – Ancestors of the modern bicycle, such as the Penny Farthing.
Classics (1930s – 1970s) –From streamlined bikes such as the Black Phantom to Boomers’ Big Wheels and Schwinn Sting-Rays.
Sport Bikes (1970s – Present) – Multi-speed cycles from pro competition to everyday use.
Oddities and Offshoots – Bicycles customized in endless ways– from Tall Bikes to unicycles to clown bikes.

The exhibit is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and is included with general admission to the museum. GEAR UP: The Science of Bikes at the EcoTarium was sponsored by MathWorks and United Bank.

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The exhibit is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.,

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Tickets can be purchased online.

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222 Harrington Way, Worcester, MA map
Phone: 508-929-2700

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