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ERIC Number: EJ825610
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 7
ISSN: ISSN-0009-2479
"Finger Kits:" An Interactive Demonstration of Biomaterials and Engineering for Elementary School Students
Canavan, Heather E.; Stanton, Michael; Lopez, Kaori; Grubin, Catherine; Graham, Daniel J.
Chemical Engineering Education, v42 n3 p125-131 Sum 2008
This article describes a hands-on activity and demonstration developed at the University of Washington and further reined at the University of New Mexico. In this activity, the authors present a real-world problem to the student: Someone has an injured finger joint, and the students in the class need to design an implant to replace it. After presenting the problem, the authors discuss how the students could go about making a replacement finger joint. In order to do this, the students need to understand what comprises a finger and consider what materials are available that match the properties of the components in a finger. As this is an engineering project, the authors ask students to develop design goals for the finger (e.g., that it is flexible, bends only in one direction, is able to pick up an object). (Contains 4 tables and 3 figures.)
Chemical Engineering Education, Chemical Engineering Division of ASEE. P.O. Box 142097, Gainesville FL 32614. Tel: 352-392-0861; Fax: 352-392-0861; e-mail:; Website:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 5; Higher Education
Audience: Students
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A