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Montessori Revolution In Education

Posted in Book Reports, Education / Schools, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on March 25, 2016 by Drogo

E. M. Standing 1962

“The child is father of the man.” – Wordsworth

“In children lies the seed corn of the future.” – Froebel

“Who touches the child, touches the most sensitive point of a whole being, which has roots in the most distant past and climbs toward the infinite future.” – Montessori

Revolution in education, Montessori is a self-conscious modern zeitgeist. This book talks about Montessori fundamental principles, infants classes, brooms, binomial theorems, under fives, Lilliput, the movement in America, the Whitby School joy of learning, the Santa Monica Sophia School, and 12 method points.

Children can learn on their own in many ways, if we can consciously create a safe and liberal environment for them to explore tools, and in the process, them-selves. Learning the Montessori method requires practical experience being involved in it, to understand the abstract theories. Montessori method is not a closed system, it can change and adapt with modern technology and cultural beliefs. The main Montessori principle might be summed up as ‘guided sensorial self-education’. Children go through a literal physical metamorphosis, and their brains or minds are part of that process. The way children learn, is more unconscious, than conscious. All children are responsible for their own learning in Montessori method; in relation to their sensory, motor, and creative abilities. Spontaneous activity can fuel cultural learning that are true experiments to the child. It takes imagination for an adult teacher to comprehend the amount of work this takes for a child.

“The Universe is nothing but a big, buzzing, booming confusion,” to the new-born infant (William James). Out of this bewildering chaos of impressions, which pour upon the senses of children, the tiny one has a challenge of building an orderly mental structure of their cosmos. Every child is born an explorer, as they wonder at the mysteries around them. The World can open to the child, if they are given full play in school for their spirit to roam as it feels comfortable or confident enough to do, with time. Montessori materials are ordered in order to facilitate abstract order in the mind; tools to structure the young mind. This is why the correct use of materials as teaching tools is emphasized.

Cylinder psychology – 3.5 years old. Language, words, abstract concepts (like ‘muchness’) formed from experiencing objects with those assigned values. Sensorial materials are effective because they isolate the stimulus (length, magnitude, color, or pitch etc). Prepared paths lead to more order. Inspirations of learning are called ‘Montessori explosions’. Math abstracted into physical volumes can be more easily understood, (Table of Pythagoras) and forms a basis for advanced concepts later. In Montessori ‘mental hooks’ are used to connect children with materials; the hooks are built into the designs and psychological instructions. The success of this education relies on getting children to obey authority, self govern, and problem solve as young as possible.

Deviations from normal mental development certainly remain debatable regarding definition and response. Many people think it is natural for children to be loud, rowdy, and boisterous; yet Montessori believes that it is disobedient rebellion, tantrums, and lying that is deviant behavior (based on the norms of society). In this way strong immersive imagination can even be considered deviant. Montessori uses disciplined freedom, to train minds to navigate the vastness of reality.

Montessori graduates become ‘new children’, because they enlightened and awakened to a new way of higher civilized learning and living. A school is a children’s house, where they can feel at home. Sound shakers, color tablets, bells, primary shapes, spelling, number rods, pink tower, cylinders, broad stairs, math beads and volumes, these tools are all keys to the Montessori method.



Posted in Games, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on March 24, 2016 by Drogo

SCOD Toys 1

“Toys set the stage for thoughts of young ppl. What is possible, what is challenging etc. so what came to mind was a product line for scod framed around learning of all types of heritage from Native American to ancient Egyptians Celtic and even outside that, fairies n such. All with not just toys, but lil history (perhaps a short mp3 video) and creative prompts a short bulb and cheap camera child could make their own movie kinda thing. Tech is at a point not so cost prohibitive. The other thought was players around sustainable communities. The materials and designs etc. all based on ur scod concept, made applicable for kids to explore and become interested in what we do. So why toys? It’s about $18billion in annual sales and we could use artist to help design. First target could be a model set. sale at farmers markets n such but also a website. Create a virtual community of sustainable community folks. Sales from toys would go towards building an actual scod. Ppl love apocalypse, chaos and the triumph of recovery. We could make this into experiential learning. Possible tap small business grants and education grants. We could even do adult nights enticing them with a package, children’s adventure/childcare type thing. And/or create immersive summer camps. Pbs… Documentary…. Combination of science creative play history… All planting seeds and thoughts about what their future can or will look like Total anti generally accepted educational experience leaning more towards Montessori then taking even further Instead of having copyrights others have to purchase, their “contribution” goes towards artist and maintaining of a sustainable community.” Makers and Shakers series – Tammy Lynn

creative commons (no copyright)

made in America

organic or recycled materials

alternative architecture

renewable energy

gardens and animals – BOG Peeps

play and learn

children are people too

everyone is an artist

we are all heroes of our own lives

Now you can be the hero!!!


Backside of Toy Packaging:

As seen on PBS!!! New from SCOD, BOG Peeps the Eco-Dweller series!!! Made in America by consenting adults, with organic or recycled materials. Alternative architecture is not just for hippies! Renewable energy is not just a pipe-dream anymore either, we make these miniature gardens dwellings and BOG Peeps animals using the elements of Nature! Play and learn that children are people too, everyone is an artist, and we are all heroes of our own lives. Now you can be the hero!!!

Series: Makers, Shapers, and Shakers; BOG Peeps Eco-Dwellers, Garden Guards, Wilderness Sprites

Teachers can hand out ‘kits’ of do-it-yourself SCOD Creative story projects, to encourage self creation in children. Toy packages tend to come with a figurine (doll), (doll) house, booklet, data chip


Montessori Notes

Posted in Education / Schools, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on March 22, 2016 by Drogo

My mother was my Montessori teacher. In addition to these notes, i have reported on these books: Montessori Revolution,  Absorbent Mind, and  Secret of Childhood. – Drogo

American Montessori Society Bulletin  1979 – vol.17, No.1

Piaget and Montessori In The Classroom – by David Elkind, Tufts University

“Classroom practice, of whatever variety, presupposes a particular conception of the child. In this chapter, four components of Piaget’s and Montessori’s conception of the child are described, together with examples of the sort of educational practice that follows from them.”

Elkind goes on to explain 2 different methods of teaching, by referencing 2 different classrooms where children were using the ‘pink tower’ blocks incorrectly. In one case the teacher corrected the children, and in the other they allowed the play. In theory, he said, both are justified.

Child as capable of self-regulation – learning materials tap mental potential

Child as a cognitive alien – they think different than adults, like foreigners

Child as a logical thinker – young people use logic to make decisions

Child as emotional countryman – they have adult emotions that affect behavior


The first task of the teacher is to observe children, then let that inform how you teach them. It is the teacher’s conception of the child, which in the end, determines the nature of the teacher-child affective interaction using specific methods and techniques. Do not assume what children know or understand, because everyone is different in their awareness, development, and rationality. Respect for children is important, so that they can begin to emulate respect for teachers, others, and themselves. Teaching should be guided by these factors.


Children Learn in Different Ways

Proceedings, American Montessori Society

1975, Granby Colorado

Learning As Creation, by John Bremer

Child Development, by J.M. Hunt

Montessori Day Care Panel

Kephart Development Model, by Nancy Miles

Gellner Rationale of Learning Disabilities, by Ward and Haise

Organizations Serving Young Children


Learning As Creation, by John Bremer

Dr. John Bremer founded ‘School-Without-Walls’, Parkway Program, Cambridge

Bremer starts off with a joke about how he once stood up in front of people, and his pants did not. He says “as long as you’ll remember my pajama bottoms all the way through, then I guess I won’t feel too embarrassed about what I say.” Then he proposes a role for the student, as an artist. The artist should understand ‘three essential elements’: material, ideal, and skill. Bremer says that ‘temporal arts’ have a strong presence in time. Songs, music, and dance are temporal arts; you do not “see it before yours eyes as a totally finished thing. You experience it through time.” Temporal arts are more of a ‘process’, than they are an complete object. Bremer says that human beings are more dancers than sculptors, in how they live their lives. “Everything is a rehearsal, and yet everything is the only performance we will ever give. In that way it is incredibly beautiful and also incredibly frightening.” Students should be considered with the humane respect that we might give an adult artist; they are people. He considers the term ‘student’ to be almost equal to ‘artist’. Student = Artist. Teaching means introducing the student to materials, ideals, and skills. School is an activity, not a place; but the structure of a building does matter, as architecture affects learning. Psychological disposition is inherent in education, we all have our own ways or styles of teaching and learning. The student should ‘recreate the wheel’ to be the master of technology, rather that its slave. Also moral responsibility should be introduced by the teacher, so they do not create a ‘Frankenstein’ situation. One way of introducing morality, is to create community, as a bridge between society and individuals. Community to him meant people coming together and cooperatively carrying out common purposes. “We will never all be dancing, we will never all be still.” We dance with others to share love and friendship.


Child Development, by J.M. Hunt

Dr. Hunt, Professor Emeritus of Psychology from University of Illinois

Plasticity is important in early psychological development. Intelligence should no longer be limited by predetermined training, but be allowed to expand and flourish with imaginative experiences. Education is important in the process of learning rules, and but to also think beyond the ‘box’. Piaget described the sensory motory phase as a kind of ‘shell game’. The child develops in progressive sequences, or steps.

Hunt goes on to address Head Start, IQ, vocab, and verbal tests and ages. IQ is not fixed, it fluctuates through-out a person’s life-time. 7 ordinal scales: object construction, strategy means (schemes), imitation gesture (physical), vocal imitation (tonal), operational causality, object relations, object relation. Branches of learning can develop at different rates, this is natural; in accordance with genetics and circumstances like environmental nurturing, social effects, and local area situations. The problem of ‘the match’ is how an equilibrium between stages of development can be key to complex phases of child education. When cognition is lacking, motivation is necessary; as found in The Secret of Childhood, by Montessori. Like the Pavlovian ‘What is it?’ reflex; change of habituated input, recognitive familiarity, and the challenge of ‘old-vs-new’ attraction stimuli all matter greatly. Observe, create, and make sure you are free to adapt your methods in order to teach better.

Maria Montessori: Her Life and Work

Montessori Mother, by Dorothy Fisher


Montessori Day Care Panel

reported by Janice Sullivan

Children’s House, Broomfield, Colorado

Integrating Montessori into Public Education – existing materials, introduce practical life area, order Montessori materials, regroup into groups of 30 children (max), maintain order, demonstrate activities. Varies local services were addressed. A ratio of non-Montessori staff and aides are allowed.


Kephart Developmental Model

Nancy Miles, NC KGH Achievement Center, Fort Collin, CO

Systems and Structures – The total environmental concept: the home, school, community, peer group; all play a part in shaping a child’s behavior, through demands for response or interaction. Kephart Child Development Theory of Stages of Learning: motor, motor-perceptual, perceptual-motor, perceptual, perceptual-conceptual, conceptual-perceptual. Audition, Vision, and Kinesthesia should be integrated.


Gellner Rationale of Learning Disabilities, by Ward and Haise

This article criticizes the Gellner approach, but talks about how it is compatible with other systems. It is a neuro-psychological concept of mental retardation, which includes some useful tools for training students that may not be able to fully understand conventional topics. Gellner said that children who are classed as retarded, mainly have brain impairments of either a structural or bio-chemical character. These impairments prevented normal integration of impulses coming from various parts of the body. Senses play a very important part in our learning. Gellner came up with 4 sensory neural systems: 2 involve vision, and 2 involve audition. Mentally retarded children cannot learn in the same ‘normal’ ways, because they suffer from sensory deprivation.


Organizations Serving Young Children

Reported by Jim Hennes

The panel concluded that the session had been important in pulling together these representatives, and that future efforts should be made to share some time together among organizations.


Montessori Quotes

“Education demands only this: the utilization of the inner powers of the child for his own instruction.”

“The essence of the independence is to be able to do something for one’s self.”

“A child’s work is to create the person they will become. An adult works to perfect the environment, but a child works to perfect them-self.”

“Development comes from environmental experience.”

To have learned something is, for a child, only a point of departure. What is necessary after that is a period of digestion or maturation, a period of intense and prolonged mental activity.”

“The more fully the needs of one period are met, the greater will be the success of the next.”


“Teacher, teacher look at me now,

my days are light, my time is right

because you showed me how.

Teacher teacher look what I can do

my lines are straight, they are perfect mates

across the paper blue.

and if you’ll hold my hand

I’ll skip the land and gather flowers new –

hey teacher, teacher, look at me now

just look what I can do.”

– Anon



The War That Never Happened

Posted in History, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on March 8, 2016 by Drogo

As offered by: Randall D. Bryhn

I stumbled across this story while doing other research. It’s a piece of history that up till now was in danger of being lost forever. To keep the story alive I have tried to send a copy to all my family, and friends. I have been to the Council Chamber many times to give offerings, and to play the flute. I personally believe the story to be true.
I thought you too might like a copy…
The history of the Native American people before the white man came has only been written after the fact, since the Native Americans had no written language. But many stories have survived, some as myths, others as legends. Another source is journals that white people kept as they lived with the Native Americans, but many stories have been lost forever. The events in this story happened as the Delaware Indian Tribe came into contact with the white man, so no written copies of the story exist. Only word of mouth and the existence of the Council Chamber itself have kept this story alive. If this war would have happened it’s quite possible the United States as we know it today would not exist.


It came to pass in those spring days, that strangers could be seen, and heard for miles away, as they blundered through the woods. Their comings and going would be so loud and disruptive, that it would take the forest hours, before it would return to normal. Was it any wonder then, that these strangers attracted so much attention? These people were not welcome here, where they went, they broke the ground, so that others of their kind could follow easily. It was not the way of the ones that lived there. The culture of the natives had always been to live with the forest, and become a living extension of it, always giving back what was owed, never taking what was not earned. This is the way of the Northern, and Mid Eastern Tribes, and Clans: as it had been for many generations, in and around the Hocking Valley Region. The natives were at first attracted by the very strangeness of these people, many things were learned, and many items were traded. Then the Delaware were able to witness the miracle, the White Man had created. They had harnessed lightning, and put it in a tube. It was at their very command, to destroy, or kill, as they chose.

The Delaware were amazed, but in their knowledge they knew, that if they were to survive as a people, they to would also need this knowledge. At first they tried to trade for it, and they had some limited success with that, but at some point they realized it wasn’t the firearm that was the miracle, it was the gunpowder that fueled it. So their quest turned to finding the chemical formula for mixing gunpowder. At first barter was used, but the formula evaded them. The white settlers that were first moving into the area just didn’t have that knowledge. Today it is easy to find the recipe to make gunpowder, but at the time it wasn’t common knowledge. It would have been in comparison as though

The War That Never Happened Cont.
someone had asked you to explain the circuitry in an FM radio. We may know how to work it, but we don’t have the technical knowledge to build one. That is the problem the Delaware faced over and over again, as they attempted to gain the knowledge they sought. Trading was proving to be no use, so the Delaware resorted to kidnapping, and torture, but still the formula for making gunpowder eluded them. Then one fateful day the decision was made, the Delaware would go to war, the next step was to call a gathering.
The first day of the gathering would have been a frenzied time, warriors that were always hard pressed to the food gathering labors, were doubly hard pressed to provide enough for the guest’s that would soon be arriving. The Delaware were a noble and respected people. Their clans were scattered far and wide across the Hocking Hills Region, and their warriors were fearless in battle. As the call to come went out among the tribes, all that heard responded. Favors given, and favors remembered, were used to motivate those who wanted not the seeds of war. The Delaware were persistent and many, although most were drawn to hear why they should take up arms against the white man, an air of festivity hung about the land. For days the council fire raged. Unlike most Native American fires, that are made very small, and easy to conceal, a war fire is built up, sometimes the fire would be built to three, or four feet high. The circle had to be large enough to sit each tribal chief, and each clan elder next to the fire. Immediately behind them, would be seated one, or two of the clans next warrior in line, and after that there would be women, and boys attending those up near the fire. This was a system that had been used for many generations. The fire raged for many days, the arguments ran back and forth like children let loose during the first spring thaw. The arguments rang true from both sides, to take up arms against the White Man was an unknown factor. As the days went by a consensus began to be reached. The Delaware knew they had been right in calling the gathering, because they knew in the end the Nations would need the secret of gunpowder.

On the third morning, as the story has been passed down from generation to generation, the ceiling exploded with unleashed fury. The tribal elders, the chieftains, and their braves were all killed in a fatal collapse of ceiling stone, as their fire was buried under a seven foot thick slab of stone that had been blown out of the ceiling. None of the braves, nor the women serving them, not even most of the children that were playing in the back part of the cave were spared from the unleashed devastation of the fall.

The front of the cave showing the rock fall thickness.


The people scattered, the explosion shattered their purpose and they fled the area, leaving the caves that had served as their homes for hundreds of years. The explosion was believed to be punishment from the Great Spirit, a rebuke for considering going to war against the white man. It was later thought the white man was protected from the power of the clans. The Delaware left the area. The spectacle of the Council Chamber broke the spirit of the Delaware. As a result of that try at war, the Delaware, and other tribes of the area, did not go to battle with the White Man, and were known as, ”Good Indians” to the White Man as the passed into the area. They became scouts and workers for the military, often succumbing to the bottle for payment, or becoming the butt of military harassment. Later the Shawnee would move into this area, and claim it as theirs.

The story that I have just passed on to you is an urban myth that has been passed down in the Hocking area for many generations. In their quest for gunpowder it is very ironic that the place of their gathering was later named the Salt Petre Mines of Hocking. The mines would serve to furnish the civil war with salt petre, one of the main ingredients of gunpowder. Also found in the walls of the cave, is a substantial quantity of naturally occurring sulfur. I had the occasion to ask a professional chemist if it would be possible that by adding wood char from the fire, and with the other ingredients found in the walls, would it be possible for an explosion like that to happen. I was told, with the introduction of wood char from the fire, and the buildup of heat, that it would be very possible for an explosion to happen.
The actual Council Chamber measures 29 feet across the mouth of the cave, with a estimated 54 feet of depth. The rock fall itself measured 27 feet wide at the mouth with the rock fall reaching 42 feet back into the cave. Only small children playing against the back wall would have been spared being buried alive.

Middle section of the rock fall showing the release from the area of the roof, and the almost total coverage of the floor.


Looking at the ceiling of the Council Chamber, it’s hard to believe that anyone could have lived through this.


This is a section in the back of the cave that seems to have escaped the collapse of the roof. It measured the full width of the back, approximately about 17 feet, and was about 12 feet deep. However, there was only about two and a half feet of head room. That means the only children, if any, would have been very small.
This story has never been authenticated by any authority, the area has been cordoned off, and it requires a special permit to access the area. Since the Council Chamber is considered a sacred place, a forensic or archeological study, has not been attempted here. However, unlike some urban myths that wither and die over time, this story has remained deeply entrenched in the culture of the area. Most stories of the tribes that have been introduced into history, have been provided by the white man, through diaries, and written accounts done by white individuals. However, this happened at a time before white men had time to interact, and become established with the natives of the area. Since the Delaware did not have a written language at the time it has become increasingly hard, to authenticate such stories. It is also entirely possible that if the Delaware would have been able to gather for war, and wage it, the America we know may never have happened. At that time, the eastern cities were only being started. Places like Boston, and Philadelphia only boasted a few brick buildings in each city. If a war started in the Ohio valley, would have raged Eastward, the way that America was colonized may have happened differently, if at all.
I offer this story in peace, as a remembrance.
Location is approximate, it is in a donut-hole location, on the Harvest Moon Cottages Property, Located on Big Pine Road, after the Conckle’s Hollow
Trail Head at Hocking Hills. The coordinates are: 39 deg. 27’ 39.44”N ,
by 82 deg. 32’ 48.05”W.

WV/MD/PA/VA/OH-area Independent Bands…for all of you local (or not so local) music lovers…

Posted in Music Reviews, Uncategorized on March 5, 2016 by Annie O'Dell

Okay folks, here it is, my list of my most favorite-est local bands…bands you should check out- bands you should most certainly go see, if you get the chance (and if they are still around).

A little background info: I am a resident of the Eastern Panhandle of WV; the partner of a bass player; the daughter of a guitar and dulcimer-playing father and a mother with a lovely voice; the aunt of a 12-year old young man who knows music by ear and can play any instrument you put in front of him; a lover of live local shows; and a newly- inducted member of a local band that includes my husband, and two of my good friends (brothers from another mother). I’ve been tagging around with my husband for the last 10 or so years as he’s played in 2 different bands and with various solo folks. I’ve taken thousands of photographs, made tons of flyers, recorded hours of video, and attended every show. Local musicians are artists who put their souls on display and create performance art at every. single. show. they. play, whether it is for an audience of 10 or 100.

Anyhow, I invite you to give a listen to the following local, independent bands, but keep in mind, this is certainly not a complete list. If you like what you see or hear, please subscribe to their pages, listen to their tunes, go see them in action (unfortunately, like I said, a few of them aren’t around any more)…it will be well worth your time, and it’s always a good thing to support your local artists (I should know)!


(Hard rock psychedelic doom from MD)

Watch: Beelzefuzz- All the Feeling Returns

Six Ton Shogun

(3 piece instrumental/audiovisual band from WV)

Watch: Six Ton Shogun- Rennaissance


(Psychedelic doom metal from VA)

Watch: Helgamite- The Apiarist

Admiral Browning

(Instrumental bliss from MD)

Watch: Admiral Browning- The Binary Language Of Moisture Vaporators


(Straight-up rock with soaring vocals from OH)

Watch: Lo-Pan- Chichen Itza


(Heavy instrumental from WV)

Listen: Hovel on Myspace


(Stoner doom ambient post-rock noise from WV)

Listen: Nagato on Myspace


(Doomy thrash from MD)

Watch: Slagstorm live in Hagerstown, MD


(Sludgy noise rock from MD/VA/WV)

Listen: Akris on Bandcamp


(Dark Appalachian Pop from WV)

Listen: Cheshi on Bandcamp

Arming the Architect

(Metal from VA)

Watch: Arming the Architect- House of Claymont


(Old-school heavy metal from VA)

Watch: Monolith live in Strasburg, VA

Noetic Pull

(Funky, groovy rock from WV)

Watch: Noetic Pull: Cobra Kai

Black Blizzard

(2 piece love from WV)

Listen: Black Blizzard on Bandcamp

Pale Divine

(3 piece doom metal from PA)

Watch: Pale Divine- Angel of Mercy


(Cosmic sludge from VA)

Listen: Foehammer on Bandcamp


(Punk assault from WV)

Listen: RHIN-Bastard

Karma to Burn

(Instrumental stoner desert rock from WV)

Watch: Karma to Burn music vids

Faith in Jane

(Groovy stoner doom metal from MD)

Listen: Faith in Jane on Bandcamp

Old Indian

(Jammy rock from MD)

Listen: Old Indian on Bandcamp

At the Graves

(Heavy sonic one man band from MD)

Listen: At the Graves on Bandcamp

Eat Asphalt

(Metal from MD)

Listen: Eat Asphalt on their website


(Slow terror from MD)

Listen: Fortress on Bandcamp
























Celtic Music Favorites

Posted in Music Reviews, Pagan, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on March 4, 2016 by Drogo

Celtic Music is emotional and full of energy. Celtic songs can be slow and sad, and quick and lively; loud and proud, or soft and gentle. I love them all.

Drogo’s favorites

Celtic Bands: Pendragon, Enya, Clannad, Loreena McKennitt, Seven Nations, Pogues, Drop Kick Murphies, Chieftains, Unfortunate Rakes, Boiled in Lead, and many more

Celtic Songs: Whiskey In the Jar, She Is Like a Swallow, Wind That Shakes the Barley, Anam, Poison Glen, Mummers Dance, Dulamon, and many more


Electric Human Wheel

Posted in inventions, Sustainability, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on March 4, 2016 by Drogo

Electric Generating Stationary Bikes (Human Hamster-Wheels)

Very interesting. This truly piques the engineer in me’s interest.. I’m with the idea 100% of the flywheel approach and it running around $100.. the kicker would be the battery bank and the inverter..
You could get some cost savings using an old bike as a donor for parts, and the larger the flywheel the better off you could be. (once it gets going momentum would help you continue the spin) Throw a decent transmission (from donor bike) in there and you can keep the speed controlled and wouldn’t need a voltage regulator.
Now tied to an existing offgrid setup.. like a Tesla Battery (Powerwall i believe they are calling it?) with a good diode.. That could be a great boon!
I am somewhat dubious of the “1 hour” thing as that’s extremely variable depending on usage of power and condition of battery; that’s more of a ‘sales’ point but the concept itself is sound as well as proven in other applications (the manual treadmills in gyms in the 90’s powering attached TVs come to mind)

That all said; there is another side to it that I would be remiss in not bringing up.. Unless you have a REALLY well made system you will lose energy to the inefficiency inherent in converting mechanical energy to electrical energy.. (not to mention the chemical energy (calories) required to produce the mechanical energy to convert to electrical energy.. so for like an off grid setup this would be great, but something where you’re trying to shave cost off of your utility bill the savings VS upfront cost would be somewhat hard to justify unless energy costs SUPER skyrocket or you are super efficient with your use of energy in the first place. Good source on that:

Bottom line? Do-able and valid, REALLY cool too! but unless you’re super efficient with your use of energy, have batteries and an invertor on hand or for cheap… not necessarily cost effective VS grid.

Generating electricity with a bicycle


  • Tom Overby, Inventor (from a comment on a FB SCOD Group Post)