Skateboarders! There is a Cool New Exhibition at NYSCI

It seems only fitting that the same borough that hosts the Maloof Money Cup would also host an amazing new skateboarding exhibition. The New York Hall of Science has brought cool to a whole new level by hosting the new Rad Science exhibit showcasing the science of skateboarding to Queens. Here is what you can enjoy for free with NYSCI admission:[like_to_read]

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.


Once you are done at the NYSCI, head over to Belief in Astoria and buy yourself a new board and some lessons for kids!