But there's also some science behind the friction-resistant shoes used to “skate” up and down the various carpeted ramps, said Holsing, whose family developed the skate park as an offshoot of their original invention — the EZ Moves Furniture Slides.
Holsing, who opened the skatepark in Ross in 2014 after operating a facility in the eastern suburbs, has teamed up with an educator to create a school field trip program that reveals the science behind carpet sliding.
“We attended a roller-skating industry trade show in Las Vegas this summer and learned about a program that skating rinks in cities around the country offer to help teach STEM (science, technology, engineering and math),” she said. “So we contacted the program's developer to have it adopted for our carpet skatepark.”
An employee at Fun Slides dubbed “Professor Slyde” will teach students how science concepts such as Isaac Newton's Laws of Motion apply to carpet sliding.
Students also will learn about the company's own “science project” that led to its products as well as the role STEM plays in the operation of the business.
“My dad and brother would take the furniture slides to trade shows and my brother would drop them on the floor, stand on them and slide around,” Holsing said. “People would see that and ask where they could get them. So he came up with the idea for our carpet skates by putting straps on them so they could attach to your feet.”
Holsing said the company is excited to offer children another way to learn about STEM fields.
“Over the years we've offered a popular field trip program called Ask the Inventor,” she said. “But the STEM fields are becoming so important to preparing students for the future. So it's great to be able to promote that while kids are here having a great time.”