STEM BMX Curriculum

In 2013, USA BMX, the sanctioning body of bicycle motocross racing in North America, became the first Olympic sport to sanction a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) program. This engaging educational enrichment program includes an 8-module curriculum that is equal parts education, athletics, and exercise.  

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STEM BMX is flexible and can be implemented in classroom settings, after-school enrichment programs, and summer camp models. This program is designed for elementary and middle school levels.

Participating students receive a STEM education while simultaneously learning the science behind the sport of BMX. In addition, each participant receives a free one-day membership to USA BMX.

Kits

STEM BMX kits can be used over several years. In addition to the teacher manual, a single BMX Kit includes five (5) Free Agent BMX bikes, five (5) BMX safety helmets, five (5) alternative front tires, one (1) bike stand for builds, repairs, and modifications, one (1) tire pump, one (1) hand-held tire pressure gauge, and a complete set of bike tools.

A BMX Kit is priced at $1,999.

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CURRICULUM BREAKDOWN

Module 1: Tools – Assembling a BMX bike

Module 2: Tire Pressure – Ideal Tire pressure for balance

Module 3: Seat Position – Identifying the correct leg angle

Module 4: Off Road vs. Pavement – Tire tread and resistance

Module 5: Pedal, Coast, and Balance – Center of gravity and balance

Module 6: Energy, Hills, and Bumps – Energy gained

Module 7: Speed, Stopping, and Braking – Calculating speed and stopping distance

Module 8: Bike Circles – Figure-8 activity

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

It's recommended that each BMX kit serve 10 students, or 5 pairs of students.  

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ABOUT USA BMX

The inclusion of BMX racing into the Olympic Games in 2008 has captured the popularity of the sport of BMX Racing to this level.  From this internal exposure, USA BMX has experienced a growth in membership to over 70,000 youth across North America. The organization sanctions over 14,000 races each year at 380 BMX member tracks.   

The USA BMX Foundation, the non-profit arm of USA BMX, has developed a new youth program to attract more kids to the sport and to promote the positive virtues of BMX racing through a formal (STEM-based) education program. The program is supported by Free Agent, one of the largest BMX companies in the world and home to Olympic Gold Medalist, Maris Strombergs, and Olympic Bronze Medalist, Donny Robinson.