Why be bored in school? Go to a Skateboard School!
This Toronto District School Board alternative school design program, where students earn high school credits by creating their own brand and running a skateboard business / professional design studio, now offers even more SK8 Entrepreneurship Opportunities & New Courses including SK8 & Art Co-ops, Native SK8 Studies, Physical Arts & Mindful Living...
OASIS SKATEBOARD FACTORY (OSF): TDSB's ART & ENTREPRENEURSHIP O.G.s since 2006!
APPLY NOW!!! (*Info Sessions are held every Wednesday at 9AM in the OSF Classroom during the school year.)
Update: We are taking applications for September OSF Year 11 starting May 15... come to Wednesday 9am Info Sessions to get an application (May 15, 22, 29 & June 5, 12, 19 & 26)
Friday, March 28, 2014
Thursday, March 27, 2014
In collaboration with Roarockit, Oasis Skateboard Factory students constructed three boards for testing. Each board was made from a single kind of wood species, Birch, Maple and Bamboo. All boards had the same shape in order to make testing consistent. Thanks to a donation from CJ Skatepark, students were able to spend the day skating all three boards to find out potential strengths and flaws. After a long and fun day of product testing we were able to create a list of results ranging from the scientific (deflection, torsion, stress) to the fun (pop & feel).
• Board felt stiff & stable
• Good bounce back
• Felt comfortable on the half-pipe
• Very Stiff
• Board shape greatly effects board stiffness
• Snapped quickly
• Average pop compared to regular boards
• Felt a bit “off”
• Great potential for more pop with a different shape
• Weird but O.K.
• Difficult to get used to
• If board is to light, won’t flip properly
• Pretty durable and strong
• Dent resistant
• Just the right amount of flex
• Graphics stayed intact
• Really nice pop,
• felt decently light
• different shape may feel more comfortable
• Held together tightly
• Hardly any (dent) damage
• Superior material
• High wear resistance
• Good spring
• Maple veneers in board took away from flex,
• Improves or takes away (from performance) based on riders perspective
• Withstands pressure of use
• Amazing amounts of pop
• Didn’t need to get used to it.
• Needs different shape and size
• Very solid
• Difficult to flip because of shape
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Happy client Bannockburn Montessori picks up tees our students helped their kids design: OSF Screenprint Services and Community Outreach
Message from the Bannockburn Teacher:
The kids were thrilled with the t-shirts!
What an exceptional programme OSF is! The benefits to its immediate students are obvious and measurable, but its outreach extends far beyond its walls. For the past three years, our students at Bannockburn Montessori have had the privilege of working with the talented and committed students of OSF. With their help and guidance, we have built skateboards, painted two giant murals for our school walls and designed and silkscreened our own t-shirts. We have also learnt about the dedication and hard work it takes to be an artist. We have learnt that art doesn’t have to be hanging in a gilded frame in a gallery to be worthy of consideration. This innovative programme should be expanded so it can continue to benefit both its students and the educational community as a whole.
Saturday, March 22, 2014
Monday, March 17, 2014
Sunday, March 16, 2014
Thursday, March 13, 2014
Thursday, March 6, 2014
OSF Student Designers lead other youth in charrettes to explore school redesign at School & The City Conference at UTS
(Minutes to March Break!!!)
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Sunday, March 2, 2014
How was this made? Read Roarockit's "instructables":