New Activity: Skateboarding
Category: Bending and Torsion
Construction Context: Bending forces a material into the shape of a curve or angle. Torsion is the act of twisting or being twisted. Bridges and support beams often experience the forces of bending, torsion or both.
Activity Description: Have one person who normally rides a skateboard execute a series of turns in front of a group of people. Observe how bending and torsion forces act on the trucks and wheels when a turn is executed. Now watch the Bending and Torque video to further understand the forces of bending and torsion.
Science Concepts: Bending and Torsion
As a bonus, check out this skateboard video from Science in the City