Skateboarding and the Smithsonian? The Lemelson Center’s traveling program celebrating inventive creativity in skate culture has been to five spots around the country. On October 29, Innoskate comes to Cambridge to spark imaginations through skate demonstrations, discussions with skaters and inventors, hands-on invention educational activities, and other fun activities.
Innoskate is a unique and successful collaboration between the Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation and the skateboard community grounded in the belief that invention and innovation happen every day, often in unexpected places. Innoskate public festivals celebrate invention and creativity through the sharing of skate culture’s widespread innovative spirit and history with diverse public audiences. These popular public festivals spark the imaginations of young people through skate demonstrations, presentations and discussions with skaters and inventors, films, invention and STEAM educational activities, art collaborations, and acquisition of skate objects for the national collections.
Innoskate 2016 features a new collaboration with the Lemelson-MIT program to create a festival at the Lynch Family Skatepark in Cambridge. This event will draw upon the collective energy and expertise of the Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation, the Lemelson-MIT program, MIT faculty and staff, and other community partners to create an entertaining and educational program for the public. Innoskate 2016 will kick-off Friday, October 28 with a special evening event featuring skateboarding legend Rodney Mullen; artist, photographer, and filmmaker Steven Sebring; and MIT inventors and scientists to explore the intersections of art, technology, creativity, and innovation. On Saturday, October 29 at the Lynch Family Skatepark discussions and activities will explore the history and technological evolution of the skateboard (how skaters and innovators work together to push the boundaries of skating), an exploration of cognitive science and how the brain learns and remembers how to perform skate tricks, and a special session will explore the creation of the Lynch Family Skatepark highlighting how the park helps preserve the environmental stability of the Charles River while also providing a community center for self-expression. Participants will also enjoy additional hands-on educational activities, demonstrations, art projects, public skating, and a best trick contest.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Friday, October 28 – MIT Stata Center
5:30 p.m. Intersections of Innovation
In this MIT Master Class, legendary skateboarder Rodney Mullen and innovative filmmaker/photographer Steven Sebring discuss their collaboration, Liminal, and how, by fusing together their passion and creativity, they ended up pushing the boundries of their respective disciplines. Joining them in the conversation will be Allan Adams, Physics and Comparative Media Studies and Writing, MIT; Anette (Peko) Hosoi, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, and Associate Department Head of Operations, MIT; and Josh Friedberg, Secretary General, International Skateboarding Federation.
Saturday, October 29 – Lynch Family Skate Park
11:00 am Open Skating / Skate Clinic
12 noon Welcome Remarks / Donation of Objects to the National Collections
12:30 p.m. Panel 1 – 50 Years of Skateboard Innovation and Invention
Skateboard innovator and manufacturer “Professor” Paul Schmitt will perform his popular panel that explores how skaters spark innovations in skateboard design though their drive and determination to invent new tricks, navigate a variety of terrain and environments, and to continually push the boundaries of skateboarding. This panel highlights the critical role of the skater as the primary innovator responsible for instigating advances in deck design and the use of new materials in the skateboard, wheels, and trucks in order to realize a creative vision. He will be joined by Dr. Christina Chase, Co-Director of STE@M (Sports Technology Education @ MIT); Ryan Clements, The Boardr; and Betsy Gordon, National Museum of the American Indian, as well as professional skateboarders and 3D printing experts from Formlabs.
1:15 p.m. Open Skate hosted by The Boardr
1:45 p.m. Panel 2 – Innovation, Collaboration and Community: The Creation of the Lynch Family Skate Park
This panel, featuring Renata Von Tscharner from the Charles River Conservancy; Steve Van Doren of Vans; Josh Friedberg, Secretary General, International Skateboarding Federation; and Jeff Brodie, Deputy Director, Lemelson Center, will explore the creation of the Lynch Family Skatepark and how collaborative problem solving can be a success through shared vision.
2:15 p.m. Open Skate hosted by The Boardr
2:45 p.m. Panel 3 – The Skateboarder’s Brain: Creativity and Learning in Skateboarding
This final panel discussion will explore the physiological and external associative proccesses of invention--what happens in our brains when creativity and invention are taking place? How does the brain learn, remember, and replicate all of the movements required to skateboard? Speakers include Rodney Mullen, skateboard legend; Chris Leppla, Brain and Cognitive Sciences, MIT; and Jeff Brodie, Deputy Director, Lemelson Center.
3:30 p.m. Best Trick Contest hosted by The Boardr open to skaters with a signed waiver (download waiver)
4:00 p.m. Closing Remarks
All Day Educational Activities
- Spark!Lab hands-on activities - Invent Your Own Skate Park, Invent Your Own Skate Wheel
- Formlabs 3D printing demonstration; design your own skate park with 3D printed materials, and 3D printed skateboard components
- Tech Imaging demonstration of high speed image capture of skateboarders
- Lemelson-MIT Program hands-on activity exploring the physics of optics