From the Set 21st Century Skills Innovation Library
In the complex world of the 21st century, the ability to use innovation to solve problems or make products better is a critical skill for kids to possess. This book uses a sport kid's love, skateboarding, to highlight how innovation has been used to make the sport and the people who play it, better.
|Interest Level||Grade 4 - Grade 8|
|Reading Level||Grade 6|
|ATOS Reading Level||6.5|
|Guided Reading Level|
|Publisher||Cherry Lake Publishing|
|Available Formats||Reinforced book (9781602792593), PDF (9781602794085), ePub (9781631378799), Hosted ebook (9781602794085H), Kindle (9781631371790)|
|Number of Pages||32|
|Dimensions||7.5 x 9.5|
School Library Journal
Innovators discussed here range from athletes and coaches to officials and equipment makers. Each book introduces ideas about problem solving as they relate to sports. For example, Skateboarding describes how one enthusiast improved wheel design after he noticed how a vacuum cleaner worked, and the ensuing text informs readers that creativity can involve making connections between seemingly unrelated things. Overall, however, these books use a traditional approach to their topics, providing brief overviews of the history, rules, equipment, and training of each sport. The texts are clear and concise if somewhat dry, and are supplemented by crisp action shots and close-ups of equipment. Appeal will be limited to report writers.
Author: Jim Fitzpatrick
Jim Fitzpatrick has been an active skateboarder since the steel-wheeled days of the 1950s. Past editor of Transworld‘s Skateboarding Business, he has been a frequent contributor to skateboard magazines and is the author of Tony Hawk. In 1994, he founded the nonprofit International Association of Skateboard Companies and is currently vice president of USA Skateboarding. A California native, he lives in Santa Barbara, California, where he is head of the Santa Barbara Montessori School.
Content Adviser: Thomas Sawyer, EdD
Professor of Recreation and Sports Management, Indiana State University, Terre Haute, Indiana
- Skateboarding History
- Innovations in Equipment
- Innovations in Technique
- Innovations in Competition
- Famous Skateboarding Innovators
- For More Information
- About the Author