Tension and Compression Activities

Tension and Compression Activities:
The two “main” forces engineers must design structures to endure are tension and compression. Tension is the force which causes a material to stretch, or be pulled. Compression is the force which causes a material to shorten, or be pushed.

The activities below help illustrate the concepts of tension and compression:

* Bridge Photo Activity

Construction Beam Activity

* Soda Can Compression & Tension Activity