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

The Robotic Hand instruction guide showing some of the steps on how to create the Robotic Hand.

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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The Robotic Hand Excel workbook being used alongside the Robotic Hand.

Customized Excel Workbook


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


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Required materials such as scissors, glue gun, pen, rubber bands etc.

Materials List


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


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An Arduino Uno microcontroller alongside a circular LED light panel.

Code for the Project


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


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