In 2016, BBB recruited high school and college students from across China and the world to join the team for an incredible 6 weeks of bike building, community engagement, and some excellent Fellow projects.
With funding from MIT Global IDEAS, Hampshire College Luce Foundation, and Stanford Hass (as well as BBB's own funding), six BBB Fellows led found "what makes them forget time" in: filming videos, interviewing neighbors to make a community message board, a bamboo strength testing machine, a BBB volunteer experience program, a bamboo bike rack and bike light, and a bunch of day-to-day projects!
With the rest of the the BBB summer team, these awesome fellows taught several bamboo bike workshops, did a 2-day bike retreat with the extended community, ate a lot of watermelon, and learned how to do cupping ;-)
Click on their introductions to see their reflections from the summer and the work they did. And the formal introduction .
INTRODUCING BBB TO THE NEIGHBORS (and vice versa!)
GaoYang loved exploring and meeting people. After making her bamboo bike, she rode through the neighborhood interview BBB's neighbors and bringing them to the workshop.
She and her girlfriend made a messageboard outside of BBB introducing the community neighbors, including BBBers, so that everyone could continue feeling comfortable meeting each other!
Eason has always thought about organizations, management, and marketing. As a junior in university in Fujian, he came up to Beijing for the summer, built a bike, and decided that he would love to get
more young people in the door. He got the message out by beginning to partner with local youth hostels and businesses, developing BBB's WeChat, and connecting with other media.
HOW STRONG IS BAMBOO ANYWAY?
A musically inclined Xi'an native and a rising high-school senior, Jason finished his bamboo bike in June and started recieving all kinds of questions from his friends about whether bamboo was strong enough.
Being a self-proclaimed science geek, Jason set about designing and fabricating a compact machine to test the different strengths of bamboo poles. Now anyone can swing by the workshop and see for themselves how strong bamboo can be!
BAMBOO BIKE ACCESSORIES
This polyglot arrived from Stanford University ready to learn some new fabrication skills. After making her bike, Karen worked on designing and fabricating a bike light that turns on automatically when it gets dark out and a bamboo bike rack
to meet all the requests BBB gets for such an item.
1ST-PERSON BIKE BUILD
Returning to China after several experiences here, Max, a high school senior, joined BBB's summer hoping to learn how he could start leading his own bamboo bike workshops in the United States. For his project he
filmed a first person video of a bike build to help both himself and future builders get a sense of what it feels like.
High schooler from Beijing, Carol, joined the team to make a bike. Unfortunately, she had to leave the program early to prepare for her college tests.
BBB 2015 Summer Fellows
BBB started it's official summer fellowship program in the summer of 2015 with five excellent high school and college students. Each fellow built a bamboo bike and engaged in his/her own community project
which included community map making, a bamboo skateboard, bamboo craft workshops with the neighborhood committee, and refurbishing bikes.
BAMBOO WORKSHOPS FOR NEIGHBORHOOD GRANDPARENTS AND GRANDKIDS
After finishing her final year of high school in Beijing, Yuyuan spent the summer with BBB organizing a workshop for neighborhood grandparents and their grandkids. Observing the many scraps of bamboo leftover frrom the bike builds and embracing her own love for painting and crafts, Yuyuan designed a workshop with the neighborhood committee to help the two generations create together!
REFURBISHING OLD BIKES
Coco is the BBB Fellow who laughs the most and her bright personality is infectious. She spent the summer finding old, thrown out bicycles and rebuilding them into new ones. She would like to start this program in apartment complexes where bikes often lay forgotten.
BBB BUSINESS CONNECTS AND BAMBOO SKATEBOARDS
Jackie has the most hustle out of his BBB Fellow cohort. He spent the summer after his last year of high school as a BBB Fellow running around the hutong meeting the neighborhood businesses. He made a map of the local business for BBB community members to peruse. At the same time, Jackie loved making! In between breaths, he used bamboo to make BBB's storefront sign, fix a chair, a bamboo skateboard, and a lot more!
COMMUNITY MAP MAKING
As Ruby prepared for her first year of university, she built a huge bamboo display of the photos of the entire community of bamboo bike makers. She also created a hand-drawn map of our neighborhood which highlighted and ranked the best public toilets ;-p
Joining BBB in 2014 and participating in every facet of its development, Marshall found he had a passion for film. Using BBB as his subject, he created all kinds of fun videos about BBB.
ILLUSTRATED BAMBOO BIKE HANDBOOK & BBB'S WEBSITE
Geena arrived at BBB in the midst of a workshop. Having come all the way from Stanford after her junior year, Geena wanted to practice her design skills. She worked to create an illustrated guide book so people could better understand how we make bamboo bikes. She also refined BBB's original website!
Jackie came across BBB as a high school senior. Preparing for his first year of university in the USA, he decided to spend the summer as a BBB Fellow. He focused on too projects: 1) Networking with local businesses and making a map of them; 2) Making bamboo stuff like a bamboo skateboard! Check out the video he made for his univeristy!