Dr. Skateboard’s Action Science in Juarez

Action Science

July 30, 2015 – Invited by the U.S. Consulate General in Ciudad Juarez, this morning Dr. Bill Robertson gave a talk to teachers, representatives of NGOs and parents with their children at La Rodadora Children’s Museum in Ciudad Juarez. Attendees learned techniques to foster interest in science among children and youth. Dr. Robertson explained how science can be taught in a fun way and explained concepts such as levers and fulcrums. To illustrate what they learned, the attendees were asked to join teams and using the concepts of simple machines, develop various types of catapults using simple materials such as chocolates, spoons, and wooden sticks. The physical principles of the catapults were demonstrated with a simple contest at the end of the event.

“The idea of science in action is teaching how physics and mathematics impact our everyday lives and showing this to young people to spark their interest in studying science,” said Dr. Robertson.

After this presentation, Dr. Robertson, also known as Dr. Skateboard, held a fun meeting with 150 children attending summer camp at La Rodadora. He explained the concepts of physics, motion and Newton’s laws while conducting a series of tricks on skateboards.

Public Affairs Officer Shannon Hill highlighted the importance of “promoting the study of STEM fields to students, future leaders and innovators.” She also noted how “increasing educational exchange and research and joint innovation is one of our top priorities in the bilateral agenda of the United States and Mexico.”