Tales From A Bicycle Seat

Multi-media storyteller, musician, and adventure cyclist George Maurer presents Tales from a Bicycle Seat, a cultural exploration of his epic journeys across the US, Iceland, Patagonia, Sri Lanka, Canada, and Vietnam. Touches on diversity, cultural exchange, character education, growth mindset, and more.

Virtual/Online Option Available!

Age Range
K-12

Virtual Tales From A Bicycle Seat

Multi-media storyteller, musician, and adventure cyclist George Maurer presents Tales from a Bicycle Seat, a cultural exploration of his epic journeys across the US, Iceland, Patagonia, Sri Lanka, Canada, and Vietnam. Touches on diversity, cultural exchange, character education, growth mindset, and more.

• Zoom preferred, YouTube Live w/o Q&A or pre-recorded also available

• Up to 300 audience members


Multi-media storyteller, musician, and adventure cyclist George Maurer presents Tales from a Bicycle Seat, a cultural exploration of his epic journeys across the USA, Iceland, Patagonia, Sri Lanka, Canada, and Vietnam.

This Virtual and/or in-person School Assembly and Summer Camp Show touches on diversity, cultural exchange, character education, growth mindset, geography, world cultures, ecology, global environment, climate change, health and wellness, bicycle safety and much, much more.

Take a Spin Around the World and Hear about George’s Bike Adventures. Interact with George and Ask Questions about his experiences across the globe. Your school may choose to focus on a specific country, or a specific topic or curriculum area. This presentation can be customized based on your needs!

This visual arts assembly includes Storytelling, interactivity with audience volunteers, and accompanied by an original music score as world bike adventurer and composer George Maurer takes students on a journey across the world, sharing stories of amazing encounters he has had on a bicycle.

It's part educational, part environmental, part inspirational, and an all live musical performance blended with live video experiences from the viewpoint of a bicycle seat. Via drone, GoPro, and modern film technology, students can spin along with George as he shows, up close:

Iceland

  • glacial lagoons
  • powerful waterfalls
  • along thermal/volcanic vents
  • above a volcanic beach
  • fishing village
  • Icelandic interior

Patagonia

  • cultural diversity/hostels
  • glacial lake ferry crossing
  • mountain descent
  • Chilean Antarctic Region
  • Argentine culture
Vietnam
  • traditional homestay
  • coast
  • mountain interior
  • train ride
  • Mine Action Visitors Center
  • small village vs. large city
Sri Lanka
  • elephant refuge
  • Buddhist temple
  • monkeys
  • remnants of civil war
  • sea turtle sanctuary
Newfoundland
  • rails to trails
  • fishing village/culture
  • wildlife
Across the USA
  • the Nevada desert
  • cave tour
  • descending Pike's Peak
  • Erie canal
  • Niagara Falls rails to trails
  • Glacier National Park

A 50-minute presentation featuring a variety of hand-picked inspiring, engaging, education-minded stories from the many adventures George has had bike-packing across the world. He'll begin with a demonstration of the bicycle up close, including what goes on it, how it's loaded up, and other ways he prepares for adventures.

Then, students will set off with George on several virtual bike rides, utilizing video stories with pauses in the action for live dialogue to emphasize a particular learning moment or teaching lesson.

George may also bring along his keyboard for live musical accompaniment of the video moments, establishing the similarities between creative moments in bicycle adventuring along with composition.

About

A bicycle might be an unusual muse, but seven cross-country odysseys on two tires and one extremely well-worn saddle inspired musician George Maurer’s newest artistic endeavor, multimedia storytelling. Although, nothing about pedaling a bike up Pikes Peak in a snowstorm, navigating Iceland’s glaciers and geysers, or sloshing through Sri Lanka’s monsoon season is “usual.” George’s bike adventures have expanded his creative boundaries as much as they have pushed his physical limits during his weeks-long rides across the United States, Iceland, Sri Lanka and Canada. He embarked on his first ride, “48 Across the 48,” in 2014 to test himself while contributing to the greater good by raising money for cancer research at the Mayo Clinic. He reached his $50,000 goal with 2018’s “52 Across Canada.” He also found that he soaked up stories from the people he encountered — often complete strangers who offered to help him or asked questions about his ride, even if they didn’t share a language — the terrain he traveled and sights, sounds and smells he ingested from the open-air vantage point of his bike. For this musician that was just looking for a way to spend his summer's off from the hectic day-to-day of the entertainment industry, his bicycle saddle was becoming a mobile version of his piano bench. The artistic compositions were now just taking a different form.

Tales From A Bicycle Seat Datasheet

Audience:  K-12    Capacity:  400
Presentation Time: 50 minutes           
Set-Up Time: 1 hour             
Take-Down Time: 45 minutes

Presentation Area:  Gym or auditorium. Please ensure there is easy access for students to get to the performance area for interactive segments.

Arrival: Please provide assistance with the microphone and sound equipment.

Assembly Requirements: One (1) microphone, speakers, and an auxiliary cable. Please break up two or more assemblies by grade level: K-2, 3-5, etc.

Take Students on a Spin Around the World

Multi-media storyteller, musician, and adventure cyclist George Maurer presents Tales from a Bicycle Seat, a cultural exploration of his epic journeys across the USA, Iceland, Patagonia, Sri Lanka, Canada, and Vietnam. 

Inspires Students to Embrace Diversity

This Virtual and in-person School Assembly and Summer Camp Show touches on diversity, cultural exchange, character education, growth mindset, geography, world cultures, ecology, global environment, climate change, health and wellness, bicycle safety and much, much more.

Part educational, part environmental, part inspirational, and all around engaging.

This program is a blended visual arts experience that includes storytelling along with video experiences from the viewpoint of a bicycle seat. Via drone, GoPro, and modern film technology, students can spin along with George as he shows, up close Icelandic glaciers, Patagonian mountains, a Vietnamese train ride, the sri Lankan elephant refuge, a fishing village in Newfoundland, or his first-hand experience descending Pike’s Peak!

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  • We had amazing feedback from our school community. The teachers, the parents, and the kids loved it! We all left the show inspired! Some of my teachers comments: 
    1-Where can we learn and see more of George Maurer and his adventures?
    2-By far the best show we've had for STEAM Friday this year!
    3-What an amazing show! Thank you for bringing him to Machado!
    4-The kids are excited to research these places now!
    5-How did you find him? Such an incredible show!
    and more!
    It was a honor for us to meet George. Thank you!

    Dr. Valles-Metzger - Principal
    Machado ES
    Lake Elsinore, CA

  • George was absolutely fantastic! Our students enjoyed the topics he shared about and everything ran so smoothly. Thank you for a terrific experience! The students couldn't stop talking about it!
    Kelly Whitman - Dean of Upper ES
    Calvert School
    Baltimore, MD

  • Wow! What a presentation! I truly loved your adventures. Appreciate you inspiring the children and me!! Fabulous virtual assembly. Breathtaking videos and pictures. Excellent inspiring lesson. George was wonderful for this age group. Thoroughly enjoyed it!
    Sharon George - Cultural Arts
    Mandalay ES
    Wantagh, NY

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