My name is Frank Monterrosa. I am a senior at South Plantation High School. I love going to the gym and playing chess. I have done a lot for my school and hope to attend Columbia engineering school or the University of Florida.
We are planning to build a bicycle generator. This will involve someone pedaling on a bicycle to power any electric device such as your cellphone or the battery packs in this classroom.
Why are we building this?
We want to leave the classroom with something that can be used for future generations as well as a way to create human powered energy that is sustainable while promoting physical fitness.
Timeline: (updated 5/9/18)
2/13-2/16: research the parts needed to complete this project 2/19-2/23: continue research and begin acquiring the parts needs 2/26-3/2: if obtained treadmill, disassemble and use for parts 3/5-3/9: extract motor from treadmill 3/12-3/16: if obtained stationary bicycle, use as frame and mount for motor 3/19-3/23: continue to finalize plan 3/26-3/30: spring break 4/2-4/6: research information on friction, watts, amps, and volts 4/9-4/13: test motor and ensure that power will generate 4/16-4/20: use a 24 volt motor instead to generate more power 4/23-…
Instead of using a regular bicycle and having to build a wood frame to support it, we are going to use an exercise bicycle. This will be much more efficient since it will already have a motor inside thus saving a large amount of time. The challenge with using an exercise bicycle is finding an affordable one that is still functional but is not in horrible condition. We put an ad out on that we are looking for one; however, it will probably be easier to purchase an inexpensive one ourselves. Below are some examples of what we might be looking for...