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Stupendous Skateboard Science

By: Jillian Stueve and Addy Holthaus

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    The Nemaha Central Elementary and Middle School got a fascinating visit by skateboarders Evan and Tom (last names unknown). This superb visit happened on Monday, December 4. Students ranged from kinderprep to eighth grade came to watch the show. This show was about how science and other activities, in this case, skateboarding, work together.      

     As students filed into the bleachers, Tom and Evan demonstrated some remarkable tricks. They would go off ramps, jump onto railings, and more. To begin the assembly, Tom and Evan introduced themselves and talked about all the different kinds of science. Next, they each brought down some students to help pick up Evan, and they explained why it took four students and not one student to lift him up.     

    Then there was an exciting part, Evan brought out a bed of nails and laid on it. Everyone was astonished how he didn’t get injured. They continued to do more tricks and explained the science behind them. A few of the tricks were riding five skateboards at one time, jumping over a bench, jumping over five skateboards with Gary the stuffed animal pig on top, and one of the last astonishing tricks they did, was riding a skateboard off a ramp over the science teacher, Mr. Terry Stueve.

    At the end of the assembly, the students were able to ask multiple questions. Some questions were about different stunts they could do with their skateboards, where they were from, or how many bones they have broken. One of the questions was if they were able to do a 360º off the wall and land back on the skateboard. Evan said it is possible to do it, but he could only do it as a 180º. This was an extraordinary assembly and NCEMS would enjoy having Tom and Evan come back. The students would also like to thank the Parent/Teacher Organization for arranging this captivating performance.

    “They did cool tricks and my favorite was the one with the five skateboards,” said Kadence Buessing.

    “My favorite part was when they tried to do the 360º off the wall,” said Dylann Grauer.



 

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