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The power of prosthetics

This lesson plan and classroom presentation explores some of the skills and knowledge needed to work in the field of biomechanical engineering. Combining knowledge from Biology, Design and Technology and Engineering, it asks students to investigate the design and development of a prosthetic arm. 

The resource is divided into two lessons.

Lesson 01:

  • What a prosthetic limb would need to do
  • The structure of an arm/hand
  • The different types of prosthetics
  • Designing a prosthetic arm – the design process
  • The greater impact of prosthetics

Lesson 02:

  • Measuring for a prosthetic arm
  • Technical drawing
  • Designing a customised prosthetic arm
  • Enhancing a customised prosthetic arm
  • Planning the build of a prosthetic arm
  • An introduction to 3D printing

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