Age range: 11-14 | 14-16
Duration: 30-59 mins
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  • D&T
  • Physics

Tool holder design

Design a tool holder for a surgical robot

This activity gets students to use their knowledge of electromagnetism in order to design and build a magnetic tool holder for a surgical robot. 

Students learn how simple scientific principles can be used in sophisticated applications,  how electric circuits can be switched on and off, and the factors that can affect the strength of an electromagnet. 

The activity offers strong potential for cross-curricular links between Science and Design and Technology.

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