Grasping with Straws: Make a Robot Hand
Get an introduction to robotics engineering as you design and build a robotic hand capable of grasping a ping pong ball. Think about how you might improve the design of a grasping hand, then use the materials in the kit to build prototypes of your ideas and test them out.
Tackle the ultimate design challenge in robotics—create your own grasping hand!
This kit contains all the supplies you need to create bendable fingers out of drinking straws. You'll be amazed at how much spring back and motion the fingers have using the heavy duty upholstery thread we've included in this kit. The step-by-step instructions in our Grasping with Straws: Make a Robot Hand Using Drinking Straws project show you how to create the fingers, but this open-ended engineering design kit lets you get creative with the number of fingers and the positioning of the fingers on your homemade hand. Once your hand is complete, test its abilities using the included ping pong ball. Will your hand be able to pick up the ball? What other objects can your hand grab well?
We've included enough materials to make two hands so you can try different designs. Make a hand for each arm, or share the building fun with a friend!
Each kit contains:
| 20|| Drinking straws|
| 10|| Rubber washers|
| 1|| Upholstery thread, spool|
| 2|| Polymer clay|
| 2|| Sewing needle|
| 1|| Nitrile gloves, pair|
| 2|| Rubber bands|
| 1|| Ping pong ball|
Printed instructions are not included in the science kit. Project directions are available online.
You will also need from home:
|- Craft knife|
|- Fine-tipped permanent marker|