Designing and Building Amish Style Scooters from Recycled Bicycles

By Matthew Cathell, Timothy Hornberger and Frances Foti.

Published by The Design Collection

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Bike-sharing programs have been extremely popular in Europe for many years, but they are just beginning to gain a foothold in the United States. We examine the possibility of a scooter-sharing system, using simple human-propelled scooters inspired from Amish designs, for a college campus. In the first part of the article, we briefly trace the history of the Amish people and the emergence of their distinctive scooters. In the second part of the article, we examine the possibility of instituting a scooter-sharing program at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ), based upon best practices gleaned from bike-sharing programs on American college/university campuses and in cities around the world. The design and implementation of this scooter system would be incorporated into project-based learning experiences at TCNJ, particularly for students training to become K–12 technology teachers and integrated STEM teachers.

Keywords: Amish Culture, Amish Scooters, Sustainability, integrated STEM education, Scooter Stations, Going Green

Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal, Volume 5, Issue 2, pp.93-106. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.438MB).

Dr. Matthew Cathell

Interim Chair and Assistant Professor of Engineering, School of Engineering, The College of New Jersey, Ewing, New Jersey, USA

Matthew David Cathell earned B.A. degrees in Chemistry and Biochemistry and minors in English and History from La Salle University in 2003. In 2008, he completed a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering at Drexel University. During his graduate education, Matthew was a National Science Foundation Teaching Fellow for K-12 education, a Koerner Family Fellow, and a Department of Education GAANN Fellow. Matthew has authored, presented and reviewed manuscripts on both experimental and educational research. He is a member of the American Chemical Society, the American Society for Engineering Education and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, as well as the New Jersey Technology Education Association.

Dr. Timothy Hornberger

Assistant Professor of Education, Department of Early Childhood/Elementary Education, The College of New Jersey, Ewing, New Jersey, USA

I am an assistant professor of Elementary Education at The College of New Jersey where I teach courses in social studies and Amish culture. I earned my doctorate in education from the University of Pennsylvania. My research interests are global education, Amish culture, urban education, and technology.

Frances Foti

Elementary Education/Technology Student (Senior), The Department of Elementary/Early Childhood Educa My ideal job would be to work in a middle school as a teacher of technology.tion, The College of New Jersey, Ewing, New Jersey, USA

I am currently a senior at The College of New Jersey where I am studying elementary education and technology.


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