Summer Camp Skateboard Build

At skateboard camp, some teenagers were more interested in the engineering challenge, like Cody Fritz, 13.

"I've had one (a skateboard) before, but I wasn't so great at riding it," he said, adding that riding a skateboard is harder than making one.

His features a few dragons and a BMW sticker " 'cause it's a luxury board."

The students started with a chunk of oak and, after using a high-tech router to cut out the board's shape, they sanded, varnished, painted and decorated their boards, or decks, before treating them with a grip sealant and installing the hardware.

When it came to designing and building their boards, Black said, the teenagers used engineering skills when dealing with spatial reasoning and project planning.  Read the full story at the Tulsa World website.