Rad Science Skateboard Build

By: Jim Martin, CEO of Marwood Veneer & STEAM Chair, TALK

We will be hosting a Rad Science Skateboard Build via our Marwood – TALK partnership during this next Techfest Louisville 2019 event!  And, if you are at least 13 years old, you can participate!  We especially are interested in teachers and college-age students who would like to learn this skill of skateboard building in order to offer it to others.  All who complete this 2-3 day course (art day is optional) will have a finished skateboard to use!  Sign up with our convenient form – click here or call:  812.288.8344.

Event title: Rad Science Skateboard Build

Event Purpose: To learn how to make and engineer your own custom skateboard or longboard.

Event Format: Two half days from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm Thursday and Friday August 22 & 23, 2019

Third day of art and graphic design from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm is optional

Description of Activities:

On Day 1 we will discuss Skateboard Designs, Geometry, shaping of the molds, tools, safety, and the lamination and Manufacturing Process. Participants will take brown kraft paper and design their own custom board. The instructor will facilitate a discussion on physics and the design behind the molds and different presses.  Rockers, Cambers, and Kicktail shapes will be reviewed. Different grades of the Hard Maple Veneer will be reviewed before the glue up. You will learn about glue, pumps and breather netting.  The instructor will instruct students to work as a team on the 7 minute deadline for putting the veneers into a vacuum press. He will encourage them to think of possible problems and solutions that occur in the manufacturing process.

On Day 2 we will remove the veneer “sandwich” from the presses, and inspect for lamination quality. Problem solving skills will be learned for issues that come up.  Decks will be cut based on each participant’s unique functional design template.  Participants will learn to use rasps for smoothing of their boards edges, as well as sanding.  Holes will be marked and drilled for the trucks and wheels of the board.  Finishing of the boards will be covered as well as the usage and applying of grip tape to the riding surface.

Day 3 is optional and will involve decorating your board with designs you bring, or we can help you find designs on the internet. Our art teachers are creative, and will inspire participants in the use of paints, colors, stencils, and more.

Prize: The best Skateboard design will receive a prize of a how to do it book named “The Handmade Skateboard”.

Sponsors: Are you or your organization interested in sponsoring this event? The cost would be $2,500.

Cost to participate: $185 for 2 days of instruction and materials; optional Day 3 costs $40.

Age requirements: the minimum age is 12 years old, and we have had participants who are over 40 participating.

Class Size: Minimum of 5 and a maximum of 15

Deadline to signup: Friday August 9 at noon.

Location: University of Louisville Engineering Garage, 1960 Arthur Street, Louisville,  Ky. 40208

Where to sign up:

  1. Contact Jim Martin at 812.288.8344
  2. Email Jim at Jim@MarwoodVeneer.com
  3. Register at web page www.marwoodveneer.com/skateboard-workshops / after April 15, 2019

Organizers: TALK, the Technology Association of Louisville, Kentucky;  Marwood, a Veneer company in Jeffersonville, Indiana; and with special thanks to the University of Louisville Engineering Garage.

Technological Privacy? That’s Debatable!

By:  Wendy Smith, Co-Founder, The League Pro of Kentucky

We are excited to present a new STEAM format as an addition to TALK’s lineup of activities this year! STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math!

One of the TechFest Louisville 2019 events this year will be youth tech-specific debates on the subject of privacy run by The League Pro of Kentucky.

All business and tech professionals are welcome to come and listen to these debates which will be held after-school hours at the Lincoln Elementary School building with participation from middle and high schoolers.

We are currently recruiting for these activities, as there will be practices in the summer months for these debate students, leading up to the finalist debates at TechFest Louisville 2019! Here’s some information to get you up to speed, and allow for your teens to sign up:

Event Title: Technological Privacy? That’s Debatable!

Event: Debate Tournament Training Sessions culminating with the Semi-Final and Final Tournament rounds during TechFest on August 22-23, 2019. From 4-7 PM

Purpose: To empower youth to become skilled and engaged speakers on important global issues through competitive speech and debate activities.

Format: Students will register for a Qualifying Tournament in their choice of either June or July with dates and times to be announced. Students may also register for training sessions in 3 hour blocks.

Who: All Greater Louisville Public, Private and Catholic Middle and High School Students are invited to participate in the TechFest Debate Tournament.

Registration: Space is limited, so all interested students should not delay in registering for this debate tournament. Register by emailing theleagueproky@gmail.com. Please include the following information: Full Name, Grade, School, Experience Level, Allergies, and telephone contact information. For further information you may also call 502-457-4355. Once you contact The League Pro, you will receive a permission slip to be signed and returned.

Activities: There are several options when it comes to participation. All options will include lunch and snacks for all tournaments. You may choose option 1, 2 or 3 below. However, if students would like further debate training, they may speak with a member of The League Pro staff to make additional arrangements for private options.

1) Registration includes (1) 3-hour training session with The League Pro and members of the U of L Debate Team members to learn or expand upon debate skills and knowledge. Students will have the opportunity to work one-on-one with members of the training staff to develop and hone skills in the area of writing, speaking, critical thinking, article analysis and more. Lunch will be served. If you qualify for the Semi or Final rounds, no additional payment is required.

2) Registration includes (2) 3-hour training sessions with The League Pro and members of the U of L Debate Team members to learn or expand upon debate skills and knowledge. Students will have the opportunity to work one-on-one with members of the training staff to develop and hone skills in the area of writing, speaking, critical thinking, article analysis and more. A total of 6 hours. Lunch will be served. If you qualify for the Semi or Final rounds, no additional payment is required.

3) Registration includes registration for one of the qualifying tournaments. If you qualify for the Semi or Final rounds, no additional payment is required.

Location: All training sessions will take place at The League Pro, 9446 Norton Commons Blvd., Louisville, KY 40241. However, the Semi Final and Final Rounds will take place at Lincoln Elementary School, 930 E. Main St., Louisville, Kentucky 40206.

On the day of the Semi and Final rounds, classrooms will be allocated and marked. Sign in will begin at 4 pm in the Library or Cafeteria as designated and the debate round will begin promptly at 4:30 PM

Prizes: Each Participant in a Qualifying Round will have at least one of the following prizes:

• Top 10 Speaker Awards for Novice, JV and Varsity
• Top 4 Team Awards
• Participation Certificate

Final Round: CASH PRIZES

Signup: Contact Wendy Smith at 502-457-4355 or theleagueproky@gmail.com
Theleageupro.com (coming soon)

Deadline: June 10, 2019

Cost: The cost to participate is as follows:

1. One 3-hour session and registration for a Qualifying Tournament is $185.00
2. Two 3-hour sessions and registration for a Qualifying Tournament is $225.00
3. Registration for a Qualifying Tournament is $125.00

Come Debate With Us! For more information, contact The League Pro by emailing theleagueproky@gmail.com or dialing 502-457-4355. An early flyer of the event is posted here.