What does Sir Isaac Newton have to do with skateboarding? Find out when you explore the 25 interactive exhibits that demonstrate force, momentum, acceleration, velocity and inertia in the new traveling exhibit, Tony Hawk: RAD Science, opening May 25 through September 2, 2013, at the Museum of Discovery and Science.
This new exhibition shows how skateboarding uses important physics principles to produce radical tricks. Find out how the physics of gravity, force, velocity and balance make radical tricks possible in action sports. Explore over 25 interactive experiences including:
- Bodacious Board Balance: Ride stationary skateboards designed to test your balance in classic tricks like “grinding” and “manuals” on the safety of a padded surface.
- 900 Vert Theatre: Watch a short video and see the first time Tony Hawk ever successfully completed the “900” (2.5 revolutions in mid air) in competition.
- Board Drop: Predict which skateboard will drop first in this exhibit that demonstrates the principle of free fall.
- Weight vs. Mass: Does gravitational force change your weight or mass? Step on a skate deck scale to find out your weight and mass on the sun and on all the planets in our solar system.
- Radical Trick Breakdown: Using super slow motion video frame-by-frame, break down the four most common skateboarding street tricks.
- Create-a-Skate: Learn the science behind skateboards including design, engineering, wood selection, production and accessorizing.
- Energy Skate Shop: Learn about simple machines, how they make work easier, and how a skateboard is a combination of six simple machines.
- History Bowl: Compare major milestones in physics history to major accomplishments in the history of skateboarding. Learn about the evolution of skateboard design and see Tony Hawk’s first skateboard.
- Video Game Physics: Use your knowledge of physics to control Tony Hawk’s ride through a virtual skate park.
- Newton’s Pool: Go inside a replica of an empty swimming pool to experiment with Newton’s Laws of Motion (inertia, acceleration and action/reaction). See how a pool’s unique characteristics created the origin of extreme skateboarding.
- Momentum Machine: Jump and spin to learn about angular momentum.
- Loop of Centripetal Force: Using plastic balls, attempt the 360-degree “loop of death”. Watch videos of skateboarders who have succeeded and failed at this trick.
- Wipeout Ambulance: See how inventions like helmets, kneepads, and wrist guards have helped dissipate the extreme forces of a wipeout.
- Forces Ramp: Find out what forces affect a skateboarder’s ability to do tricks.
- Tech Deck Mini Skate Park: A tabletop, mini skate park to help younger visitors understand the physics presented in the exhibition.
Tony Hawk: RAD Science is created by Las Vegas based Exhibit IQ. The exhibition is designed to bring important science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) principles to life with an authentic skate culture design and hands-on activities that show science at work.
The exhibit opens with the RAD Science SkateFest on May 25 – 27, 2013. There, skate enthusiasts will be able to watch demos, participate in contests, win prizes, and enjoy family friendly activities, music, and mini-skate clinic.
Ramp 48 and Island Water Sports will celebrate with outdoor activities such as Mini Ramp Jam, Half Pipe demos and Skate Clinics.
The Museum of Discovery and Science has teamed up with Create-A-Skate Founder, Paul Schmitt “Professor Schmitt” to provide South Florida with a one-of-a-kind experience for skateboard enthusiasts. On May 25 and 26, 2013, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., Professor Paul Schmitt will conduct Create-A-Skate Live as part of the Museum’s RAD Science SkateFest. Skaters will be able to create their own design on a professional quality skateboard deck with pre-molded contour and pre-drilled truck mounting holes. They are able to keep the boardand can explore the new Tony Hawk: RAD Science exhibit inside the Museum.
An avid skateboarder himself, Schmitt started the Create-A-Skate program as way to help young people create a handmade version of one of his professional quality skateboard decks. In fact, Schmitt is considered by many within the billion-dollar skateboard industry to be the ‘Godfather’ of modern-day skateboard deck manufacturing. His reputation has earned him the apropos nickname, “Professor Schmitt.”
“It is my goal that children and teens around the county can discover for themselves a sense of pride and accomplishment as they create, with their own hands, a bit of relevance in their own lives,” said Professor Schmitt, Founder of CreateaSkate.org.
A successful entrepreneur, Schmitt owns and operates the largest and most successful skateboard manufacturing company in the United States. For nearly three decades Schmitt’s company has been considered the innovative leader in design and manufacturing of the highest quality skateboards for skateboarders around the world.
For those interested in attending Create-A-Skate Live with Professor Schmitt, there is a registration fee of $40, which includes the skateboard deck and Museum admission to the Tony Hawk: RAD Science exhibit. Advance registration is required. To register call 954.713.0930.
You will also be able to meet Allan “Ollie” Gelfand, 2013 Skateboard Hall of Fame Inductee, who will be on hand opening weekend. In 1978 he invented the “Ollie,” a simple and elegant trick that takes into consideration Newton’s first three laws of motion.
The Skateboarding Hall of Fame recognizes and honors the history of skateboarding and those influential figures that have significantly shaped skateboarding and our culture throughout the years. The International Association of Skateboard Companies (IASC) and the International Skateboarding Hall of Fame (ISHOF) inducted Alan “Ollie” Gelfand (1970s, Era Two) in 2013
The mission of the Museum of Discovery and Science is to provide experiential pathways to lifelong learning in science for children and adults through exhibits, programs and films. Founded in 1976 as The Discovery Center, the nonprofit facility serves approximately 450,000 visitors annually. Major operational support for the Museum is provided through generous support by Leadership Guild members including: Broward Health, JM Family Enterprises, Inc., Sun Sentinel, Patriot National Insurance Group and Wells Fargo.
The Museum is open seven days a week, 365 days a year; Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. with extended IMAX® hours on most evenings. General Admission prices are $19 for adults; $18 seniors; $15 children 2 to 12. Children under 2 are free. A General Admission Ticket includes admission to the Museum exhibits and one classic-45 minute IMAX movie. The Museum of Discovery and Science is located downtown at 401 SW Second Street, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33312. For more information about the Museum, visitors should call 954.467.MODS (6637).
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