This Biomechanical Hand lesson plan also includes:
In 1993, five biomedical engineers in Edinburgh, Scotland, created the first functional bionic arm. In the activity, learners explore the world of bioengineering through discussion and hands-on exploration. In groups, participants assemble a working biomechanical hand and test its abilities.
- Invite someone with artificial limbs to speak with the class after the activity
- Take a tour of a bioengineering facility or visit a college with bioengineering as a major
- Besides Legos and a hand dynamometer, you can find all materials in the classroom or at home
- Activity best fits after a lesson on muscular and skeletal systems or in unit on engineering
- Activity provides questions for discussion before and after the lesson
- Group instructions for building the hand include photos