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"Boy on a Bike”, School Journal, level 3, May 2015

09 June 2015

First pages of the article

Mac Madsen (a 9 year old boy) wanted to raise money so that St John could buy more ambulances. Cycling the length of the New Zealand on a fat bike proved the “ultimate experience”.

Mac used the safest bike he could find – a fat bike (see page 10).

A fat bike would be sturdy enough to last the trip. Its thick tyres would also mean Mac could travel off-road – across sand, through mud, and over gravel.

You can find a PDF version of this article, the teacher support materials, and the audio files here: Literacy Online, School Journals.

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Discussion starters

  • Brief development: Use this and other examples to establish the key attributes for an outcome informed by stakeholder considerations (level 4).
  • Characteristics of technological outcomes: Use this and other examples to explain possible physical and functional attributes for a technological outcome when provided with intended user/s, a purpose, and relevant social, cultural, and environmental details to work within (level 4).
  • Technological products: Use this and other examples to describe examples to illustrate how the manipulation of materials contributed to a product’s fitness for purpose (level 4).

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