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Building Machines That Emulate Humans Students build robotic models from cardboard and straws to understand the anatomy and biomechanics of the human hand. Then, they conduct trials visualizing data in Excel to generate new ideas for improving it’s performance.

Building Machines That Emulate Humans

Students build robotic models from cardboard and straws to understand the anatomy and biomechanics of the human hand. Then, they conduct trials visualizing data in Excel to generate new ideas for improving it’s performance.

Lesson Basics

Takes 1.5 to 3 weeks of classroom time

Costs approximately $3.00 USD per student, excluding tools and microcontroller

Meets middle school science, technology, engineering and math standards (STEM)

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What you'll need

Instructions


A step-by-step guide for building the Sensorized Glove and the Robotic Hand. Includes templates, a list of things you need and detailed instructions.


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Customized Excel Workbook


A customized Excel workbook visualizes real-time biomechanical data from sensor equipped gloves. Requires the Data Streamer add-in listed below.


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Materials List


A spreadsheet with links to online resources to help you bring these projects to your classroom.


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Code for the Project


Pre-built code for your microcontroller to help you and your students visualize live data.


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Technical requirements

Data Streamer Add-in

Modernize your existing copy of Microsoft Excel with this free add-in to support real-time data streaming from your projects.

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Microsoft Excel 2016 (Desktop)

Students and teachers are eligible for free Office 365 Education, which includes online Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote.

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Arduino IDE

The free Integrated Development Environment enables you to write code that connects your project to an Arduino microcontroller.

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Windows 10

This project requires a PC running Windows 10. To update your version of Windows, click here.

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