Dr. Skateboard's Action Science
Dr. Skateboard’s Action Science is designed to incorporate both a four part Video Series and an accompanying curriculum guide of twenty classroom activities that focus on concepts in physical science that integrate action sports, including skateboarding and Bicycle Motocross (BMX). Dr. Robertson acts as both the narrator and a performer in the series, which also includes top extreme athletes in BMX and skateboarding. These athletes perform high flying maneuvers that demonstrate physical science concepts, such as the relationships between velocity and acceleration. The videos provide participating teachers and students with a series of instructional opportunities and relevant content information that can be used to explore and explain the given content information as well as engage the students in classroom activities.
Here is a video on the History of Action Science
The entire Dr. Skateboard’s Action Science curriculum maps to the standards in physical science in which middle grade students need to be engaged. Dr. Skateboard’s Action Science explores concepts suitable for middle grade (4-8) students in a curriculum that is designed to address both the objectives and enduring knowledge of physical science in content and process skills for both the National Science Standards and Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). The video instruction focuses on the physical science concepts found in the areas of motion, forces, Newton’s Laws of Motion, and simple machines. The main purpose is to link the concepts of science to skateboarding and to provide an interesting method of engaging students in the exploration of science in a real world context. The overarching theme for Dr. Skateboard Action Science is the appeal of skateboarding and other action sports as teaching and learning vehicles for families, young people, and adults.