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Biomechanical Hand

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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. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • 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
Classroom Considerations
  • 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
  • None
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