Lesson Focus

Lesson focuses on brakes, force, and friction, using bicycle rim brakes to demonstrate basic braking mechanisms to stop, slow, or prevent motion.


Full Lesson Plan
Student Worksheets

Translated Lessons:

Age Levels:

8 – 18


  • Learn about braking systems.
  • Learn about force and friction.
  • Learn about the interaction between different materials.
  • Learn about teamwork and the engineering problem solving/design process.

Anticipated Learner Outcomes

As a result of this activity, students should develop an understanding of:

  • force and friction
  • brakes
  • impact of engineering and
  • technology on society
  • engineering problem solving
  • teamwork

Lesson Activities

Students learn about how basic rim bicycle brakes work, and discuss force and friction. Students work in teams to experience a simple braking system using three different materials, they discuss advantages of each, develop recommend changes to improve bicycle braking systems, and present to class.


  • Teacher Resource Documents (attached)
  • Student Resource Sheets (attached)
  • Student Worksheet (attached)

Alignment to Curriculum Frameworks

Curriculum alignment sheet is included in PDF.