CreateAskate

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Nonprofit teaches kids life skills by making skateboards.

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Positive messages abound. Math and science, not to mention power tools, can be fun. Girls can enjoy a traditional male sport. And most important, new skills can lead to a lifelong hobby or even a lucrative career.

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Parents need to know that this safe informational site is the home of skateboard manufacturer Paul Schmitt’s nonprofit CreateAskate project, a school program designed to get kids excited about learning. The site offers interesting background info on skateboarding and details about the create-a-skateboard program. School administrators -- not kids -- may register at the site and order skateboard materials, which cost just $15 per student. Schmitt, who began making his own skateboards at the age of 14, founded CreateAskate to teach kids basic math, science, and art concepts and give them a sense of accomplishment.   

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The brainchild of Paul Schmitt, a professional skateboard manufacturer turned educator and philanthropist, the CREATEASKATE program teaches kids the math and science behind a popular everyday pop-culture icon: the skateboard. CreateAskate looks like a woodworking site with its woodgrain-textured graphics. But it  does a pretty good job of explaining how a two-week make-a-skateboard project can help kids become better students and set life goals. The site's core lesson: in a material world that celebrates instant gratification, it can be worth the time and effort to make, rather than buy, something you want.

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  • Discuss how CreateAskate is open to any boy or girl enrolled in a shop or art class at their junior high or high school. Anyone can take the class and learn valuable concepts that will come in handy later in life.

  • Discuss other ways for kids to exercise their creativity. Read Creating With Digital Media.

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Genre:Educational
Pricing structure:Free

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