High-Flying Tony Hawk Skateboarding Exhibit Rolling Into Queens Museum

By Paul DeBenedetto on January 31, 2013 2:37pm 

QUEENS Put on a fresh layer of grip tape and prepare to shred: A new exhibit co-produced by skateboarding legend Tony Hawk is coming to the New York Hall of Science on Feb. 2 — complete with interactive exhibits like the "loop of death."

Making its East Coast premier after touring Berkeley and Las Vegas, "Tony Hawk | Rad Science" celebrates skateboarding culture and showcases the science behind the extreme sport.

The exhibition features special skateboarding workshops and demonstrations, including a stationary skateboard designed to test your balance while performing common tricks, and a "create-a-skate" session, where museum-goers can learn the science behind skateboard design.

“Physics is everything in skateboarding,” Hawk said in a statement. “So much of what we do on a skateboard is learn to make physics work for us. I hope that by demonstrating that in this exhibit, we’re helping to make science more interesting and fun — especially for kids who may not have considered that skateboarding and science are actually related.”

Other demonstrations include a frame-by-frame breakdown of common skateboarding tricks, a Tony Hawk video game where players use knowledge of physics to control a skateboard and a "loop of death" where players use centripetal force to get a plastic ball around a full 360-degree pipe.

There's also a history section comparing milestones in physics to milestones in skateboarding that features Hawk's first skateboard.

And there's a "900 Vert Theatre" where viewers can watch a short video of Hawk becoming the first skateboarder in history to complete a "900," or two-and-a-half revolutions in mid-air, a trick which the museum called a "living, breathing example of gravity, force, velocity, inertia and balance at play."

“With Tony Hawk | Rad Science, we’re taking science vertical and revealing the hidden physics that make extreme sports tricks possible,” Margaret Honey, president and CEO of the New York Hall of Science, said in a statement.

Besides the main exhibits, the museum is scheduling additional programs throughout the show's run, which goes through April 22. All events are free with a standard New York Hall of Science admission unless otherwise noted:

  • Rad Gear: Extreme Safety and Style – Feb. 16, 2013; noon – 4 p.m.
    See and sample products that aid in the safety and support of skating, biking and other forms of adventure sports. Put your individual stamp on sporting gear by making your own.
  • Radical Tricks with TORRO! SKATEBOARDS NYC – March 9, 2013; noon – 4 p.m.
    Pro-skater and Queens native, Rodney Torres, and the TORRO skateboard team will bring to life skateboarding tricks featured in Tony Hawk | Rad Science.
  • Skate Day – March 23, 2013; noon – 4 p.m.
    Design your own skateboard, experiment with ramps, and learn the fundamentals of skateboarding with a Go Skate pro skateboarder. Thirty-minute, Beginner and Advanced Beginner sessions offered. Space is limited.
  • Rad Workshop Part One – March 29, 2013; 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
    Learn the basics of controllers to make a wearable, electronic turn signal for rad—and safe—biking and skating. $20 per project plus NYSCI admission; $15 NYSCI members. Space is limited; pre-registration required.
  • Skate Day – April 20, 2013; noon – 4 p.m.
    Learn the fundamentals of skateboarding, including safety and stunts, with a Go Skate pro skateboarder. Thirty-minute, Beginner and Advanced Beginner sessions offered. Space is limited.
  • Rad Workshop Part Two – April 20, 2013; noon – 3 p.m.
    Learn the basics of 3-D modeling to design and print your own finger skateboard with a 3D printer. $20 per project, plus NYSCI admission; $15 NYSCI members. Space is limited; pre-registration required.

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