Mar 5, 2014
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Richmond flyer promoting a physics in skateboarding event at Richmond's Nicholl Skate Park..Richmond teens will literally be able to skate by in their physics class next week.

In honor of the American Library Association’s “Teen Tech Week,” the Richmond Public Library is hosting an interactive lesson on the physics of skateboarding at Nicholl Skate Park on Wednesday, March 19.

The event, which is sponsored by the Friends of the Richmond Public Library, will feature an interactive skateboard van that is being rented from the Exploratorium in San Francisco for $400, said organizer Angela Cox, Richmond’s teen librarian services coordinator.

Students can climb aboard the mobile exhibit and “learn, see and touch to find out how physics plays a role in skateboarding,” Cox said.

“I wanted to do something teens will enjoy and will get them thinking about science,” Cox said.

In addition to the learning van, Richmond teens will receive a skateboard demonstration on how to fall without injury from Ali Karayel, who teaches skateboarding at the Nevin Community Center.

The Richmond Costco is donating Gatorade and energy bars to the event. Also, 510 Skateboarding in Berkeley is donating raffle prizes including skateboard decks and T-shirts, Cox said.

Check out a video promoting the cool event:


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Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.