February 2 – 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.
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