Skeletal and muscular systems, including biomechanics

Engineering is perhaps not what immediately springs to mind when looking at this topic, but an understanding of how the skeleton and muscles work is at the centre of much cutting edge research and development, from prosthetics to bionics and robotics. These areas can provide an excellent context for learning about the skeleton and muscles, introducing careers that students may not have come across and extending learning beyond being able to name parts of the body and their function.

These resources are linked to the following statements in the curriculum:

• The structure and functions of the human skeleton, to include support, protection, movement and making blood cells
• Biomechanics – the interaction between skeleton and muscles, including the measurement of force exerted by different muscles
• The function of muscles and examples of antagonistic muscles.

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