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Age range: 11-14
Duration: 0-29 mins
  • D&T
  • Engineering
  • Physics

How a human arm bends

Demonstrate the movement of a human arm using a smart material

Robot arms are an example of a programmable system. They are used in a wide variety of industrial applications, ranging from loading machines to assembling cars, welding parts together and spray painting products. They are also used in applications such as bomb disposal and repairing space craft as they orbit the earth.

In this series of activities, students will design and model the physical elements of a robot arm.

Activity info, teachers' notes and curriculum links

An engaging starter activity in which students are introduced to the methods by which a human arm is made to move and to demonstrate how this could be achieved using a smart material. Students can then subsequently use this information to support the design of a robot arm.

The activity sheet includes teacher 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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