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Forces Acting on Structures

Forces Acting on Structures

Students will welcome failure for once as they watch a crushing machine test materials to their breaking point and beyond in this exploration of force.

Program Description:

Students explore the concept of force in this hands-on workshop. They learn the difference between tension and compression, and the ways that simple machines can reduce the force necessary to move an object. They build load-bearing cantilever, suspension, and arch bridges, and test their construction using different loads. They even see a crushing machine in action as it tests different materials to spectacular failure!


Canada Aviation and Space Museum (11 Aviation Parkway).

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Teacher Tips:

Preview the Canada Aviation and Space Museum for free at any time by showing proof of your teaching status at the Admission desk. After registering, you’ll receive a pre-visit package to help plan your visit.


$7 per student (minimum fee $140)
Fees include applicable taxes and are subject to change without notice.

Fees may be prepaid or paid upon arrival by cash, credit card, or cheque (payable to the Canada Science and Technology Museum).

Cancellations require 48 hours notice. A $30 administration fee applies unless the program is rescheduled within the same school year.


Reserve this program at least one month in advance.
Online: Online reservation form
Telephone: 613-991-3053 or 1-866-442-4416 (toll free)
Fax: 613-993-7923

Space is limited — reserve today!

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