Pressure Sensor

A pressure sensor can be used to measure flexion and extension or applied force. A force applied to the sensor causes electricity to flow between its layers.

Activity Overview

Students will build or acquire a pressure sensor, connect it to a microcontroller and use Excel’s Data Streamer Add-in to visualize real-time sensor data.

SENSOR INSTRUCTIONS EXCEL WORKBOOK

Hacking STEM lessons using this sensor

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 its performance.

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Building models to understand and mitigate brain injury

Students learn about the regions of the brain, their function and visualize what happens when the brain collides with the skull. Then, they design protection that mitigates the effects of the brain colliding with the skull.

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