St. Clair Shores students learn the science of energy with Green Machines

- An elementary school is teaching a fascinating lesson in health and renewable resources with a few bikes and some very energetic students. As the students pedal the bikes, or sharpen their pencils, they're literally lighting up the room.

These green bikes are called Green Machines, and they convert human energy into electrical energy.

"The kids pedal and it can power 10 devices at once," says Glenn Hayden. He runs Cutting Edge Athletics in Clinton Township, and his friend created these prototype bikes. His thought was to get them into the classroom.

Glenn's wife, Kim, is a fourth grade teacher at Violet Elementary in St. Clair Shores, and she loved the idea of bringing this teaching tool into her classroom.

"The kids have the opportunity to get heart beating, and we know that when your heart beats blood is moving through your body and oxygen is moving to the brain," Kim says.

And as kids are pedaling the bikes, besides the lights, they are also powering devices like fans and a pencil sharpener.

During a recent power outage, guess which classroom wasn't in the dark?
"The kids were like, 'Well, we don't care! We can just use our Green Machines; we have light!'" says Kim.

"It's really fun for us. It's not tiring," says student Gabby Michaels.

"They're powering something so that doesn't jack up your electric bill," explains student Jimmy Sheen.

Right now, the Green Machine isn't available to the public; this is just a prototype. The designers, though, are working on a plan for mass production. 

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