Vital Signs @ McKendree – Friday: Animatronic Extremity
Throughout the week, students have been exploring the realm of artificial prosthetics through the use of their own engineering creativity. Our bold inventors have created their own artificial hands, improving them day by day, and testing them with games and activities. Experiments involved carrying ping-pong balls, and even sign language!
Students have become experts at analyzing design solutions and repeatedly testing them in order to determine the best way to improve the product.
Ask your student:
What is electromyography, and how do modern prosthetics take advantage of it? (voluntary signals that contract muscles, prosthetics can be controlled using remaining nerve endings)
Ask them to show some of the sign language they learned this week!