This Imagine-X resource kindly shared by RS combines biology, design technology and engineering to give an insight into the exciting world of biomechanical engineering. With an important life lesson about the difference prosthetics can make to the lives of those who need them, this cross-curricular project will awaken pupil’s passion for using technical skills to help those in need. Students will also learn about bones, ligaments and muscles and how the body and limbs move. Download the project resources and use the video below to introduce the project to the pupils.

Learning Objectives:

  • identify and explain the basic components of the human body, including the skeletal/muscular system
  • describe how the human body moves
  • describe the importance of, and function of prosthetics
  • identify and explain basic joints and how they work
  • design/draw and evaluate a basic prosthetic arm and reflect on the main components and their functions
  • describe the materials a basic prosthetic could be made out of
  • understand why it’s harder for babies and children to have access to prosthetics

About RS Imagine-X

STEM skills act as the perfect platform to a more socially mobile and globally impactful life. They broaden horizons, empower the disadvantaged and diversify life choices. But many young people have yet to see the ‘bigger picture’ impact these skills could have on the world.

That’s why RS has developed Imagine-X. It links dynamic, exciting STEM subjects to real people who have used the same skills to make the world a better place. It gives teachers free curriculum-aligned resources for pupils aged 7 – 14, with one aim: helping pupils realise the far-reaching potential of STEM and their imaginations.

Visit RS Imagine-X to access all their latest STEM resources.