Mobile School Presentations

CAT is looking for help to introduce sustainable transportation to youth. Our main goal is to give children hands on learning experiences, spark discussions, and get kids analyzing and brainstorming issues. For a better tomorrow, we need their help today!

Our presentations include:

-Our entire rideable museum fleet from tricycles to tandems
-History of alternative transportation, especially as it affects the environment and shapes the world around us
-Slideshows and videos that show the unique technical, environmental, and cultural roles that bicycles play in countries around the world
-Letting kids see, learn about, and actually ride a very unusual assortment of bicycles and human powered vehicles.

The cost per presentation is roughly $200 each, and we would love your support. If would like to donate or volunteer, contact us at (541) 344-1197 or send us an email at cat@catoregon.org.

Program History
The Mobile School Presentations program began at CAT in 1993, as a way to introduce alternative transport to local youth, via facts, discussion and demonstration of diverse bikes. Cycle Oregon gave us a grant to do 10 formalized presentations in the spring of 1994, at this point we added to our curriculum a slideshow on transportation and land-use made specifically for kids and a video on bike use around the world.
The next season after a year of successful outreach and word-of-mouth, teachers started calling us to arrange presentations. We also received money from Burley to expand the program. Between the fall of ’94 and spring of ’95 we increased our number of presentations from 10 to 17 (9 elementary school groups, 7 middle school, and 1 high school)
Though all ages seemed to love the presentations, however strong interest is to build awareness of options for older age groups — kids who were about to get drivers licenses, jobs, and become part of the adult world. This is the age group who could effect change the soonest, and need to most encouragement.

We have decided that the program was strong enough and so desperately needed in schools that we would work towards developing it as a model curriculum eventually to be used in schools across the country. This year we’ve made a commitment to do more outreach to high schools and to develop the program for older ages.

Future Vision
We hope to get the community more involved in the presentations and to do more presentations in the surrounding area.