Science and Sports Collide!
What does it take to pull off a mid-air 900 on a skateboard? Which surface makes for the best ride? What does science have to do with any of it? Jump into the physics behind extreme sports at OMSI with Tony Hawk | Rad Science.
Tony Hawk | VertScience produced by Exhibit IQ.
TRY THIS! Hands-on and interactive elements play with gravity, force, momentum, friction, centripetal force, projectile motion and more!
Take advantage of your angular momentum, aka the “spinniness” of an object, by changing your shape! How do you slow yourself down, or speed yourself up?
Loop of Centripetal Force
Discover how centripetal force helps an object with enough speed travel through the loop de loop. Can you produce enough force to make the loop?
See how inventions like helmets, kneepads and wrist guards can protect you in an extreme wipeout.
Test a variety of surfaces to explore the effect of friction on the speed of an object. Which surfaces are best for grip? Which surfaces are best for speed?
900 Vert Theater
Take a trip back in time to witness the first time Tony Hawk ever performed the 900!
And There's More...
Head to Tony Hawk | Rad Science at OMSI to experience it for yourself.Buy Tickets
The Science of Creating a Skateboard
WATCH THIS! You can’t make a skateboard without math and science. See how these concepts influence the creation of the perfect skateboard!
Peek into the Exhibit
Take a look! Get a sense of the fun science that makes this exhibition so extreme.
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School Field Trips
Bring your class to Tony Hawk | Rad Science for an exciting and fun learning experience.Learn More
Groups of 12 or more qualify for discounts when they book their visit in advance.Group Info
Helmet Design Contest!
March is Brain Awareness Month and there is no better way to love your brain than by wearing protective gear (including the all-important helmet) while you skateboard, bike, ski, or play football!)
We're partnering with Nutcase Helmets to offer you a chance to win one of their awesome helmets. How? Drop off your design using the linked pdf at our submission station in the museum. Each week we will pick a winner and highlight our favorite designs! Don't forget to tell us why you love your brain. #ILoveMyBrain
Download Helmet Design Sheet
Print and design at home, submit at OMSI!
Weekly winner announced on Facebook!