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Skateboard Science

While it looks like skaters defy the principles of physics, in reality they're using momentum, gravity, friction, and centripetal force to perform amazing tricks.

And physics isn't the only science involved in this extreme sport. New technologies and designs are being applied to skateboarding all the time.

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Energy Skate Park

Energy Skate Park

Get a real feel for energy, friction, and gravity. Build a virtual skate park and see what happens when a skater uses it on Earth, the Moon, Jupiter, or in space.


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PhET
How Skateboarders + Physics = A Really Cool Trick

How Skateboarders + Physics = A Really Cool Trick

Want to combine skateboarding and a science project? Investigate how speed and distance affect "popping an ollie." More...

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Science Buddies
Science in the City: Skateboard Science

Science in the City: Skateboard Science

Skateboarders really put the laws of physics to use. Take a closer look at the science behind skateboarding, while watching some amazing moves. More...

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Exploratorium
Boarding School: Scientist on Wheels

Boarding School: Scientist on Wheels

Meet Daryl Chrzan, a Berkeley professor of materials science and engineering who also teaches a Physics and Materials Science of Skateboarding class for freshmen. More...

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University of California, Berkeley
Scientist Profile: Eco-Friendly Materials Scientist

Scientist Profile: Eco-Friendly Materials Scientist

Nanotechnology, soybeans, and...skateboards. Meet Anil Netravali, who developed a "green" skateboard that won't clog landfills. More...

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DragonflyTV/PBS
Skateboard Science: Jumping: The Ollie

Skateboard Science: Jumping: The Ollie

How do skateboarders jump over things? Are their boards stuck to their feet? Understanding the forces involved let's you see what's really going on. More...

Article
Exploratorium
Skateboarding

Skateboarding

Chuck and Jake wanted to get the best performance they could out of their skateboards, so they experimented with their wheels. Find out their results and come up with your own theory to test. More...

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DragonflyTV/PBS
This Electric Skateboard Can Dominate Any Terrain

This Electric Skateboard Can Dominate Any Terrain

From concept reality, take a look at the bumpy journey a new type of skateboard with treads to conquer any terrain — and see how the Scarpar uses treads in an all new way. More...

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Mashable

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