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Learning Engineering With Dirt Bikes

Calculating angles while popping wheelies? That’s what students in Baltimore are doing in an unusual program that channels students’ love of dirt bike riding into lessons in science, math, and engineering. Off-road motorcycle riding is very popular in Baltimore, especially among Black youth, but it’s often illegal. The B-360 program gives kids a place to ride, helping them stay off the streets, while building academic skills and a sense of community. Listen to hear participants describe the joys of dirt bike riding and how the program is making a difference in their lives.


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Listening Comprehension Questions

  • What was one of Malala Yousafzai’s first experiences with the dangers of religious extremism?
  • After miraculously surviving her attack, what has Malala focused her work on?
  • What is the message that Malala is trying to send to those in power?
  • What does Malala want to do in the future?
  • What are the goals of Malala’s mission to support girls?

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  • What is your opinion on Malala’s message about the power of education?
  • Why do you think that ISIS might want to silence people like Malala?

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