Grasping with Straws: Make a Robot Hand

Kit Contents

 20 Drinking straws
 42 Rubber washers
 1 Upholstery thread
 3 Polymer clay
 1 Sewing needle
 1 Glue, 4 oz
 1 Cardboard cutting surface
 3 Nitrile gloves, pair
 3 Rubber bands
 1 Ping pong ball
 1 Lab notebook
You will also need from home:
- Craft knife
- Fine-tipped permanent marker
- Scissors

Grasping with Straws: Make a Robot Hand

Price: $59.95
Project Difficulty: Intermediate
Project Length: Several days
Project Instructions: Make a Robot Hand Using Drinking Straws project

Your hands are amazing. With them you can play the violin, cook a meal, or design a robot. When people design robots, one of the parts they spend the most time on is the hand, or whatever other "grabber" the robot might have.

With this engineering design kit, you will study the physiology of the hand to see how human fingers work and design a robot hand that uses human-like fingers to perform a task. Best of all, you are going to make your robot hand from everyday drinking straws. We’ve included heavy duty upholstery sewing thread (our testing shows that works best), rubber washers and 3 packages of clay to make getting started easy!

This kit follows the procedures from the Science Buddies engineering design project Grasping with Straws: Make a Robot Hand Using Drinking Straws.

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