Pro Cyclist Ben Chaddock announces 2014 objectives for B.I.K.E.S. Youth Project, call for guest speakers and interested schools
Whistler, BC - Grassroots health and recreation initiative B.I.K.E.S. has announced its new objectives for the 2013-2014 school year and is now in search of interested schools and guest speakers.
Building off a successful 2013 campaign in which participation grew from 15 students in 2012 to over 1500 students across British Columbia, Washington, Idaho and Georgia, the 2014 campaign is aiming for increased participation and quality in the experience for students. I will be available for school visits starting in Whistler October 7th, 2013 and Vancouver October 22nd, 2013. I will also be available for visits on Vancouver Island and Seattle throughout November & December.
School visits will continue to focus on learning and epiphanies from my academic and athletic endeavors, including new experiences from the 2013 season. These discussion-based presentations help students share their own experiences and grow their public speaking skills as I cover two key lesson themes: 1) pursuing dream goals is a journey that will involve successes and failures that reveal new dream goals and passion interests, and 2) the importance of creating one's own recess, regardless of age, is critical to success in all walks of life. The LookandSaveaLife Name Tag project will also be back, providing classes an opportunity to earn their own customized bike frame name tag stickers that only requires completing three small art-based activities.
A primary focus for BIKES 2014 is an improved guest-speaker video series. With the aim of presenting a potential conduit for Project-Based Learning schools at the annual PBL convention, Design 2014, in Vancouver next March, I am working to create a series of content-rich videos that cover insight from a wide array of environmental science and human physiology professionals who are passionate about and eager to share their work. Each episode targets 3-5 minutes of informative material and published periodically starting November 1st, 2013.
What started as a single bicycle safety rodeo for Kay Barga’s grade two class at Edison Elementary in Walla Walla, Washington in 2008 has morphed over a six years into Bicycle-Inspired Kinetics in Elementary Schools. As the name B.I.K.E.S. and its keystone message 'Dream Big' suggests, I aim to get young people moving and inspired. Whether it's bicycles or any sport, I believe the self-confidence a young person gains through a healthy and active lifestyle is critical to discovering that they indeed do have the power to dream and pursue goals. With this program the students see and hear from people who have done just that, succeeding within a wide assortment of possible pursuits. The aim of BIKES is to illustrate that, like others have done, young people can pursue their passion interest and achieve their dream goals. After expanding from 15 to 1500 students in 2013, sights are set on refining BIKES and strengthening its message moving forward.
To learn more about guest speaking or class participation opportunities, please contact
Ben Chaddock, Founder of B.I.K.E.S.
Whistler, British Columbia
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