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Age range: 11-14 | 14-16
Duration: 0-29 mins
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Prosthetic replacements

Explore the body parts that can be replaced with prosthetic devices

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 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.

The resources within this, and the related activities, encourage students to investigate the properties of smart materials and carry out some data manipulation. Students will also explore the possible moral and ethical issues associated with people potentially choosing to replace healthy body parts with artificial prostheses because they offer higher performance.

Activity info,  teachers’ notes and curriculum links

This activity is a quick, engaging introduction to a lesson looking at the properties of modern materials and how these are used imitate human body parts. Students compile a list of human body parts which can already be replaced with prostheses.

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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