Purdue, Indiana State Museum partner to promote science through skateboarding

September 3, 2015  

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Darryl Masson, a graduate student in physics and skateboard enthusiast, assisted with promoting the Rad Science: Skatepark Physics exhibit at the Indiana State Museum. Purdue is sponsoring the exhibit to encourage more Indiana youths to enjoy learning about science. 

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue University is partnering with the Indiana State Museum to support the Rad Science: Skatepark Physics exhibit to encourage more Indiana youths to enjoy learning about science.

 "We are thrilled that the museum is bringing this popular exhibit to Indianapolis, because children of all ages will be exposed to science as they learn about physics and skateboarding," said Deba Dutta, Purdue provost and executive vice president for academic affairs and diversity. "This exhibit fits perfectly with Purdue's mission to promote science to Indiana youth so more students are interested in learning about science, technology, engineering and math, and ultimately consider pursuing careers in STEM fields."

The exhibit opens Saturday (Sept. 5).

The Rad Science exhibit has more than 25 interactive experiences including Bodacious Board Balance, Friction Hill, Newton's Pool, History Bowl, Vert Theatre and Wipeout Ambulance.

Purdue Day is scheduled for Nov. 21 and will feature exhibits from many of Purdue's academic programs, including the sciences. More information will be available closer to the event.

The Indiana State Museum is located at 650 W. Washington St., Indianapolis. Exhibition gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Ticket information is available online.

Purdue also supports STEM education in Indiana through various workshops for teachers interested in offering more science and engineering curriculum in their classrooms, educational grants, technology camps and programs such as Science Express, which delivers science equipment to classes around the state. This May Purdue's M-STEM3 500 program hosted hundreds of Indiana teens at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to promote science and motor sports. 

Writer: Amy Patterson Neubert, 765-494-9723, apatterson@purdue.edu

Contact: Bruce Williams, director of media and public relations at Indiana State Museum, 317-234-8146, bwilliams@indianamuseum.org 

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