Our Lady of Peace Students ‘Skate’ Into Science

‘Skate’ Into Science

Photo Provided Our Lady of Peace School students were stoked about their latest science lesson — skateboarding. Pictured with two of the professional skateboarders that visited the school are fourth-graders, from left, Bella Rine of Moundsville, MacKenzie Ghaphery of Wheeling, Jasper Murrin of Dallas Pike and Wyatt Jefferson of Elm Grove, Wheeling.

Our Lady of Peace School students were stoked to participate in a Skateboard Science lesson. Children from pre-kindergarten to eighth grade learned about the distribution of force, center of mass, center of gravity and inertia from professional skateboarders.

“We love bringing innovative teaching styles and lessons to our students,” said Principal Maureen Kerr. The school has won three national awards for Innovations in Catholic Education. “Most wouldn’t stop to think about the science of skateboarding, but we are.”

Professional skateboarders showcased how the sport is not only a combination of practice and skill but also demonstrated the science behind the wheels.

“My mind was blown when I watched the skateboarders jump up on high tables and off higher ramps,” fourth-grader Bella Rine of Moundsville said. “Then they explained to us how it works — having the force of gravity work with you to do those crazy stunts. Wow!”

Wyatt Jefferson, a fourth-grader from Elm Grove in Wheeling, was equally impressed and intrigued.

“When you think about it there’s all kinds of science behind skateboarding,” Jefferson said. “The laws of motion, finding the center of yourself and an object to know balance. These skateboarders figured that out and showed us how they could jump … skateboards and obstacles.”

Earlier in the year, the school brought in a lesson in Extreme Energy, showcasing all things “powerful” from potential energy to (controlled) explosions, from thermal cameras to people-power, as well as exploring where energy comes from and where it ends up. Students learned how we generate the energy we use every day and how our choices affect our environment, Kerr said.