Skip Repeated Navigation
Museum of Discovery and Science, Fort Lauderdale
Main Navigation Follows:
Visitor Information
Blockbuster IMAX Theater
Schools and Groups
Birthday Parties
Explore Store
Support the Museum
Community Outreach
Facility Rentals
Contact Us
Employment Opportunities

Learn the Physics of Skateboarding in the
Tony Hawk RAD Science Exhibit

What does Sir Isaac Newton have to do with skateboarding? Find out when you explore the 25 interactive exhibits that demonstrate force, momentum, acceleration, velocity and inertia in the new traveling exhibit, Tony Hawk: RAD Science, opening May 24 through September2, 2013, at the Museum of Discovery and Science.

This new exhibition shows how skateboarding uses important physics principles to produce radical tricks. Find out how the physics of gravity, force, velocity and balance make radical tricks possible in action sports. 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? 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.
  • Momentum Machine: Jump and spin to learn about angular momentum.
  • 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. 
  • 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 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.



Museum of Discovery and Science / Blockbuster IMAX Theater - 401 SW 2nd Street, Fort Lauderdale FL 33312. Phone 954-467-6637
Museum of discovery and Science, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Site Terms and ConditionsDesign by Tangled Spider Design GroupWeb United