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...APPLY NOW!!! (*Info Sessions are held every Wednesday at 9AM in the OSF Classroom during the school year.)


Thursday, March 27, 2014

Each OSF Student is matched with a professional artist/designer preparing Roarockit retro minis with graphics on the theme of "Youth & the City" for our upcoming show at the Gladstone Hotel opening April 16...

OSF x Roarockit Product Testing Class Results

OSF x Roarockit Product Testing Results
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).




























Birch

Deflection
Board felt stiff & stable
Good bounce back
Felt comfortable on the half-pipe

Torsion
Very Stiff
Board shape greatly effects board stiffness

Wear
Snapped quickly

Pop
Average pop compared to regular boards
Felt a bit “off”
Great potential for more pop with a different shape

Feel
Stiff
Weird but O.K.
Difficult to get used to
light

Trucks
If board is to light, won’t flip properly


Maple

Deflection
Pretty durable and strong
Dent resistant

Torsion
Just the right amount of flex

Wear
Graphics stayed intact

Pop
Really nice pop,
felt decently light


Feel
different shape may feel more comfortable

Trucks
Held together tightly


Bamboo

Deflection
Hardly any (dent) damage
Superior material
High wear resistance
Good spring

Torsion
Maple veneers in board took away from flex,
Improves or takes away (from performance) based on riders perspective

Wear
Withstands pressure of use

Pop
Amazing amounts of pop
Didn’t need to get used to it.


Feel
Needs different shape and size
Very solid

Trucks
Difficult to flip because of shape



Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Happy client Bannockburn Montessori picks up tees our students helped their kids design: OSF Screenprint Services and Community Outreach

Great work OSF / TDSB Student Leaders for sharing a passion for art and design with younger kids in our community! - OSF Teachers


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

Thursday, March 6, 2014

MARCH BREAK STARTS NOW!!! (OSF Classroom reopens March 17)


OSF Student Designers lead other youth in charrettes to explore school redesign at School & The City Conference at UTS

OSF Student Designers helping other youth from across the province find a voice through an urban redesign activity at University of Toronto School today!






Above: The OSF entrepreneurial process of collaboration was presented by teacher Craig to answer the Q: How can schools build Cities?

Below: OSF Students ask challenging questions to Ryerson president on gentrification & corporate partnerships @UTS conference "School & the City":




A gift to Charlie Pullen at University of Toronto School for giving OSF Students an opportunity to be community leaders:
















(Minutes to March Break!!!)