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February 22, 2013 - April 21, 2013

Find out how the physics of gravity, force, velocity and balance make radical tricks possible in action sports. This new exhibition shows how a visit to a local skatepark can demonstrate important physics principles. 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? To find out, 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.

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.

Friction Hill: Use pucks on three different simulated surfaces (dirt, concrete and ice) to see how the surface affects motion.

Momentum Machine: Jump and spin to learn about angular momentum.

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 free with NYSCI admission.
Tony Hawk | Rad Science was created by Exhibit IQ in partnership with Tony Hawk and UC Berkeley Physics Professor Joel Fajan.

Related Programs

Some programs require additional fees and registration. Click links for details.
Radical Tricks with TORRO! SKATEBOARDS NYC – March 9
Skate Day – March 23
Skateboard Making Camp – March 25 – 29
Rad 3-D Workshop with Jon Santiago of HTINK – March 28
Rad Workshop with Jon Santiago – March 29
Skate Day – April 20
Rad Workshop with Jon Santiago – April 20



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