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ESERO: Build a Bionic Hand!
In this ESA activity from the ESERO Resource Directory, students can learn how bones, muscles, tendons and ligaments work and then build their own bionic hand!
In the near future, it is expected that crews of astronauts and robots will work together to explore space. Bionic hands allow robots to manipulate objects made for human use because, for astronauts, the manipulation of objects in space through gloves is extremely fatiguing.
The European Space Agency (ESA) has developed the DEXHAND bionic hand to be used by robots and possibly by astronauts.
In this activity, pupils will build a bionic hand from cardboard, strings, straws and rubber bands. They will relate the bionic hand to their own hand to understand the function of the fingers and the importance of the thumb, to grab or hold objects with different shapes and forms.
All About STEM works on lots of exciting STEM projects. As part of the STEM Learning family, we manage the STEM Ambassador Hub in Merseyside, Cheshire and Warrington, working closely with the regional Science Learning Partnerships in Merseyside and Warrington and Cheshire and Wirral.
We also manage the STEM Enrichment Partnership for the North West which includes STEM Clubs, ESERO UK (Space) and Nuffield Research Placements.