Helping Hand

Reach out and grab something. Given the task of picking up objects at least two feet away, pupils design and build a grabber. The last activity in a series of five challenges requires learners to use information about fulcrums and levers.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Research how 3-D printers make prosthetic hands
  • Conduct a mini-lesson on levers
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires pieces of cardboard along with other materials easily found in the classroom
Pros
  • Includes suggestions for extensions
  • Contains hints to help troubleshoot a design
Cons
  • None