Students Apply Engineering Design Process to Construction of a Robotic Hand

NASA Explorer Schools educator Joan Labay-Marquez from Curington Elementary had her fourth-grade students construct a robotlike hand out of cardboard to apply what they have learned about the engineering design process. This activity fit the school district’s curriculum of teaching about inventors, inventions and the engineering design process.

As an extension activity, the students will design and build a “mock” wing of the International Space Station laboratory in their classroom. To demonstrate what they have learned about the engineering design process and how NASA uses robotics in space, the students will include a model robotic hand in the lab.

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For more exciting engineering design challenges, visit the Lesson Library on the NASA Explorer Schools Virtual Campus website.

Robonaut2 Demonstrates Hand Dexterity

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