Class meets at the University of California, San Diego, 9500 Gilman Dr. from 8:30 am - 3:00 pm.
“Engineering” or “science” are probably not the first words that come to mind when you think “skateboarding”. However, skateboarders require reliable, precisely-shaped skateboards for progressing as both athletes and artists.
In this course, students will turn seven sheets of Hard Rock Maple veneers into a custom-shaped skateboard deck. Along the way, students will learn how the features of skateboard decks affect skateboarding, design a board using CAD (Computer Aided Design), shape a foam mold, use atmospheric pressure to laminate their board, and learn basic woodworking skills.
At the end of the course, students will have a deck that is truly their own to skate! We will also provide trucks and wheels so students are ready to ride!
Course Goals/ Learning Objectives
The goal of this course is to expose students to the design/build process and empower them to create and turn ideas into reality. Students will learn:
Computer Aided Design (CAD)
Woodworking and finishing
Tool use and safety
And, at the end of the class, each student will have his or her own skateboard deck - and they will understand how engineering and science have been used as tools to help them produce a high-quality product.
How the Class Will Be Taught
This class will be taught primarily with demonstrations and hands-on student activities that lead to the production of a skateboard deck. Before each student activity, the purpose of the activity will be discussed and a demonstration will be shown, with continuous opportunity to ask questions.
Power tools will be used in a portion of the class, and students will be taught how to use the tools safely and responsibly.
Topics to be Covered and Tentative Schedule
Introduction to skateboard design:
Why certain shapes, why certain materials?
Design your skateboard deck shape
Introduction to CAD
Why is CAD important?
Getting started in DraftSight
Modeling skateboards in CAD
Finishing CAD models
Introduction to vacuum forming and mold making
How does vacuum forming work?
Start mold making
Introduction to vacuum forming
Press the skateboards
How can we be safe with power tools?
How do the tools we use work?
How to cut out your board
Cutting the boards
Finishing, sanding, art, sealing
Discussion, lessons learned
Instructor: Beau Trifiro, Founder of Open Source Skateboards, B.S. Mechanical Engineering
Must be a current high school student in grades 10–12.
Course fee: $320.00. (Cost is subsidized by $30.00 for each student. Materials costs is $85.00. Does not include trucks and wheels. An email will be sent mid-May to inquire as to whether the student will supply their own trucks and wheels or if you would like to purchase them from the instructor. )
Registration is open until course is filled. Space is limited.
If you have any questions regarding this workshop or the application process, please contact Ange Mason via phone at (858) 534-5064 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.