For the summer of 2014, a team of 7 will bike across the United States in collaboration with Teach for America as part of an effort to rethink education. As we go, we will stop in more than ten public schools throughout the country to hold learning festivals. At each school, we will teach hands-on, project-oriented classes based on our passions.
We are dedicated to revealing the exploratory, self-directed, and boundless nature of learning to students across the US. Our mission stems from the simple idea that most of the learning we do over the course of our lifetimes happens outside of a classroom as the result of semi-random explorations into topics that genuinely interest us.
We want to show this to high school students and give them an opportunity to feel inspired and find something they love.
We biked from San Francisco to Washington D.C.
We are 7 college students from Harvard MIT and Columbia who are passionate about education.
I am a freshman at Harvard studying Computer Science interested in human computer interaction and design thinking. Prior to Harvard, I covered over 30,000 km of ground travel across China, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand and India teaching English, farming, and traveling with amazing people. Also, Caleb and I lived in the same dormitory, Cilley Hall, during high school. This summer, I'm hoping to show students just how much they know even though they might not realize it. It's going to be an awesome summer!
I am a freshman planning on a concentration in Applied Math focusing on computer science and economics. I am a member of the teaching staff for Harvard's introductory CS50 course and am also on the heavyweight men's crew team. I'm from New York City.
I am a junior studying Biological Engineering at MIT. Since high school, I have been involved with a variety of education programs, both through affiliated institutes as well as with the community. I hope to pursue a teaching profession in the future. Bragging right: I've got Canada in my blood!
I am a sophomore at MIT. My focus? I take cool classes, which means a combination of mechanical engineering and math mostly. I love learning through exploring, experimenting, and failing. I am on Team Spokes because I also love instilling a sense of curiosity in others through teaching. P.S. Immunology, plants, sailing, cooperative living, power tools, and fixed-gear bicycles all excite me.
I'm Caleb, AKA Fuj, AKA The Bearded Oak. I am a sophomore studying electrical engineering at Columbia University. I love STEM and am on Team Spokes in order to get students all across America as excited as I am about these fields. Even though I study in New York City, I spend a lot of my weekends rock climbing and canoeing.
Hello everyone! My name is Emma, and I’m a graduating senior at MIT studying mechanical engineering. I am new to teaching and STEM outreach, but I believe in using technology and engineering to help people, and what better way is there to help others than to empower them to design and build their own dreams? I also love adventures - I was lucky enough to travel with my parents around the world as a child, and I can’t wait to continue exploring with Spokes this summer! When I’m not chasing the next adventure, you can find me watching a Star Trek episode, going for a run or dancing and singing (badly) to my favorite songs.
Hi everyone, my name is Maddie. I graduated from MIT in 2011 with a degree in mechanical engineering. I have spent the last three years doing contract work in engineering/design, international development, and hands-on education. My current projects include building bicycle rickshaws for small-scale farms and developing hands-on STEM curricula for low-income areas. I spend my free time hiking, swing dancing, making music, and tinkering, and I live in Boston when I'm not traveling.I'm so excited about Spokes for this summer and beyond!
We are currently looking for sponsors for next year's trip (Summer 2015). If you're interested in getting in touch, please email us.
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