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Skateboard Science Trailer Parklet

For Immediate Release:
May 01, 2013

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Jenny Slafkosky (415) 528-4367

Skateboard Science Trailer Parklet

Exploratorium and Jamestown Community Center Collaborate

Skateboarding and science converge in a public parklet on San Francisco’s Embarcadero between Pier 17 and the Exploratorium’s new home at Pier 15. Animating the parklet is a trailer framed by youngsters — from the Jamestown Community Center, in the Mission District — with skateboard decks they decorated with a mural.  The trailer, enlivened with seven interactive exhibits, is the product of a partnership between the Exploratorium and the Jamestown Community Center.

The Exploratorium, global leader in informal learning, has been eyeing under-utilized urban spaces to transform them into public experiences to enrich people’s understanding of nature and the environment. The Jamestown Community Center, a 42 year-old organization, runs an afterschool program focusing on skateboarding and art. Met Life funded the grant for this collaboration.

The exhibits focus on teaching the physics, engineering, mechanics, technology and mathematics related to skateboarding:

  • Center of Gravity - Find a skateboard's center of gravity.
  • Particle Accelerator - Feel what it's like to skate a pool.
  • Turning Trucks - Examine the mechanics of skate trucks and how they turn.
  • How to Ollie - Learn to do an ollie (a skate trick).
  • Wheel Hardness - Compare the material properties of hard and soft wheels.
  • Wheel Diameter - How does a large wheel roll over rocks better than a small wheel?
  • Bearings - Feel the difference between bearing ABEC quality ratings.

The parklet will be open to the public indefinitely.

Hours of Operation & New Evening Hours
Tuesday-Sunday 10am-5pm;  every Thursday evening adults only (ages 18 and up) 6pm-10pm.

$29 for adults, with lower rates for SF Bay Area residents, youth, seniors, students, teachers and the disabled. Tickets available at the door and advance tickets available online at www.exploratorium.edu/visit/tickets.

Getting Here
The Exploratorium is easily accessible by public transit. Convenient parking is available nearby. For more information, visit www.exploratorium.edu/visit/location-directions

About the Exploratorium
The Exploratorium is the global leader in informal learning, igniting curiosity and inspiring creativity in people of all ages. The world-renowned science museum creates original, interactive exhibits, on display at more than 1,000 science centers, museums and public spaces around the world. Dedicated to education reform in and out of the classroom, the Exploratorium is a premier professional development center for educators and a creator of award-winning educational resources. Since 1969, the Exploratorium has influenced generations of entrepreneurs, artists, scientists, teachers, students, children, museum professionals and everyday doers, reaching nearly 180 million people annually from around the globe. On April 17, 2013, the Exploratorium opened at Pier 15 in the heart of San Francisco's Embarcadero, where it will celebrate a new era of experiences that encourage critical thinking and awaken wonder for generations to come. For more information, visit www.exploratorium.edu/visit.

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Jenny Slafkosky (415) 528-4367