This idea has been made real
The Whippet Up way works with the wider community to devise and develop projects. In the past year this has seen Whippet Up get creative with science, and run interactive science days for children and families. Helped people find their inner Viking and then go to the moon with performances and interactive experiences. We have build a lunar module on a tricycle and a space craft on a horse carriage. Discovered unknown facts about Antartica that have been developed into installations around penguins and explorers.
Erin's invention uses pedal energy instead of electricity to power showers, reducing energy use but also to encourage people to take shorter showers. We also like that it will get people working together and doing more exercise.
Maker blog entries
After sourcing some bicycle parts and our dolls we decided they could do with them looking a bit less plastic and with a more realistic body shape. Action man acquired a tummy, more body fat and less muscles. Our doll, however kept her athletic form! The construction of the tank made from cardboard, the bath from a plastic tub were both coated in mod roc and the all the guttering and belts added. Then the fun of decorating the bathroom with some gorgeous leftover paint. The little cups on the big wheel, the watering can, the plant, the tiny rubber duck and the flying seagulls were all made from plastic hardening clay. Finally the bath mat arrived through the post, crocheted by our friend Jan
We finally managed to find a female doll to be our cyclist. We had three barbie contenders but I think the nicest one won! Different members of our Whippet Up Wellbeing groups helped make many of the accessories including dressing our female cyclist, making a duck for the bath, crocheting a bath mat and even making a bath scrubber for action man in the bath out of an old toothbrush.