Tony Hawk, along with other pro-skateboarders, will perform on a specially designed vertical skate ramp set up outside UC Berkeley’s Lawrence Hall of Science during the launch of ‘The Tony Hawk: Rad Science Exhibit’ on June 2, 2012.
The event, which begins May 26, demonstrates the important physics principles of skateboarding.
“Tony Hawk is famous for skateboarding, and UC Berkeley is famous for science,” said Gretchen Walker, Associate Director of the Lawrence Hall of Science. “This is a great match, like centripetal force to a kickflip.”
In addition to the tag-team demonstration by Hawk and skater friends, Berkley physics professor Joel Fajans will provide insights into how physics is being applied.
“Physics relates to everything that we do,” Fajans said. “This cool new exhibition shows how a visit to a local skatepark can demonstrate important physics principles.”
The Rad Science exhibition will allow visitors to put themselves into the role of skateboarders and scientists as they 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.
Newton’s Pool – Go inside an empty swimming pool to experiment with the laws of motion and see how a pool’s unique characteristics created the origin of extreme skateboarding.
Skateboard Evolution – See skateboard designs from the first in 1962 through 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 preformed 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 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 runs at the Lawrence Hall of Science from May 26 through September 3, 2012, and is sponsored in part by Scholarshare. More info at: http://www.lawrencehallofscience.org/
About Tony Hawk: Tony 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, beating out such sports icons as Shaquille O’Neal, Tiger Woods, and Kobe Bryant. From video games to skateboards to online media to clothing to world tours, Tony has dominated the action-sports market with his laid-back style. He is the most recognized action-sports figure in the world and, according to some marketing surveys, one of the most recognizable athletes of any kind in the United States.
His Tony Hawk Foundation has donated more than $3.2 million to more than 450 skatepark projects throughout the United States. The foundation helps finance public skateparks in low-income areas, providing a safe place to skate and helping young skaters from Marathon, Florida, to Sitka, Alaska, build their self-confidence. Skateparks that received financial assistance from the Tony Hawk Foundation currently serve more than 3 million young Americans annually.
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