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Engineering prosthetics

Discuss the work of medical engineers and the use of smart materials for prosthetics

The development of new materials with incredible properties is changing the way we live. From LCD TVs to super light airliners, these materials have quickly found their way into pretty much all of the modern technology around us. One area where modern materials have made a huge impact is in the development of prosthetic devices. Some of these devices are beginning to outperform ‘natural’ body parts.

Activity info,  teachers’ notes and curriculum links

This activity is a quick, engaging introduction to a lesson looking at the properties of modern materials. With the help of a series of short videos 'Nature Reinvented', 'Prosthetic design' and 'Bionic Limbs', students make the connection between materials, prosthetics and the way in which engineers work.

The activity sheet includes teachers’ notes, guidance, useful web links, and links (where appropriate) to the national curriculum in each of the four devolved UK nations; England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

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