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Linda Vista Getting New Skatepark, Skateboards

At the sight of a soon-to-be Linda Vista skatepark, San Diego's High Tech High ninth graders hold up skateboards they built as part of a class project that combined physics with charity. June 4, 2015.
Matthew Bowler
At the sight of a soon-to-be Linda Vista skatepark, San Diego's High Tech High ninth graders hold up skateboards they built as part of a class project that combined physics with charity. June 4, 2015.

Linda Vista Getting New Skatepark, Skateboards
San Diego’s High Tech High students are inspired by new skateparks to use physics for altruism.

Linda Vista will soon have its own skatepark, and what good is a new skatepark without new skateboards?

Through the pairing of altruism and physics, some kids will have new boards to ride when the new park is complete.

An artist's rendering of the new Linda Vista skatepark. June 6, 2015.
Matthew Bowler
An artist's rendering of the new Linda Vista skatepark. June 6, 2015.

“When we started this, the kids in the neighborhood came together and gathered over 1,800 signatures and brought them to our office and said ‘We’re really trying to get a skatepark built,’" Councilman Scott Sherman said.

Sherman said his office was able to secure a $3 million grant to build the park.

Meanwhile, ninth graders in Darrell McClendon’s physics and engineering class at High Tech High were looking for a way to learn about altruism through physics. They found what they were looking for at the new skatepark.

The students learned about every aspect of building and riding skateboards. The skateboards were donated to children in Linda Vista on Thursday.

“We’re trying to teach the kids about giving back and in our school we do project-based learning. So everything is about connection between projects," McClendon said. “The velocity, the acceleration, initial velocity, final velocity. We had problems that put all that together. It really helped them relate to the physics behind it.”