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STEM Primary lesson plans

This set of resources and accompanying video, introduce children to the concept of biomechanics – a range of prosthetics using hydraulics. Using the real-life inspirational story of a dad, Ben, who designed his own son, Sol’s, prosthetic arm, this set of activities teach children how bones, muscles, ligaments and joints work together to provide us with a range of movements.

This set of two lessons includes:

  • A helpful video explaining the history to Ben and Sol’s journey, along with what biomechanics is and some of the challenges faced by those requiring prosthetics
  • Lesson plans and resources to teach how our body and limbs move, through the fascinating hook of prosthetics
  • Real-life case studies which facilitate children to engage in discussion with issues surrounding biomechanics whilst considering its impact and importance
  • An opportunity for children to design and build their own prosthetic arm, applying their understanding to a real-life and current issue faced by many.

These resources link well to the Primary Science curriculum, focusing on Bones, Muscles and Joints as well as levers and hydraulics, whilst complimenting the Design and Technology curriculum through research, design and evaluation of a product which is fit for a specific purpose.

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