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 the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) for Tony Hawk | Rad Science, opening February 1, 2014.
Set in a realistic skate park scene, Tony Hawk | Rad Science’s highly interactive elements introduce museum visitors to physics principles typically reserved for the classroom: gravity, force, velocity, acceleration, inertia and balance. It breaks down the science of tricks and turns, inspiring visitors to consider a different side of sports—how working with physics can impact technique and ultimately enhance athletic performance.
“The best learning happens when we’re curious about how things work,” said OMSI President Nancy Stueber. “This exhibit connects science concepts to the excitement of skateboarding in ways that invite investigation, experimentation and hands-on learning.”
Tony Hawk | Rad Science helps visitors imagine themselves as skateboarders, extreme athletes and scientists as they explore more than 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.
Friction Hill: Experiment with different skate-able surfaces to see what provides the best ride.
Newton's Pool: Go inside an empty swimming pool to experiment with the laws of motion and see how a pool's unique characteristics resulted in the origin of extreme skateboarding.
History Bowl: See skateboard designs from early prototypes in 1962 through the tricked out boards of
today and learn how physics has driven the evolution of decks, wheels and axles.
Tony's 900 Vert Theatre: Take a trip back in time to witness the first time Tony Hawk ever performed the 900 (2.5 revolutions in mid-air).
Wipeout Ambulance: See how inventions like helmets, kneepads and wrist guards have helped dissipate the extreme forces of a wipeout.
Tony Hawk | Rad Science opens February 1, 2014 and closes May 4, 2014.
About Tony Hawk:
Tony Hawk has won numerous awards, including Make-A-Wish's Favorite Male Athlete, Teen Choice Awards' Choice Male Athlete and Nickelodeon's Kid's Choice Awards' Favorite Male Athlete. From video games to skateboards to online media to clothing to world tours, Hawk has dominated the action-sports market with his laid-back style. He is one of the most recognizable athletes in the United States and one of the most recognized action-sports figures in the world.
His Tony Hawk Foundation has donated more than $3.2 million to more than 450 skate park projects throughout the United States, helping to finance public skate parks in low-income areas.
About the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry:
Founded in 1944, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) is one of the nation’s leading science museums, a world-class tourist attraction, and an award-winning educational resource for the kid in each of us. OMSI is located at 1945 SE Water Avenue, Portland, OR 97214. For general information, call 503.797.4000 or visit www.omsi.edu.