Helping Hand


Design and build a device with a long handle that can grab an object that’s hard to reach. This is an “assistive device”—it helps you do something you couldn’t otherwise do easily. Engineers have built some amazing assistive devices to make life better for people facing challenges, including prosthetic arms and legs, wheelchairs, and computer programs that make speech possible.
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Age: 
Middle School
High School
Time: 
60 minutes or less
Discipline: 
Mechanical
Activity File: 
Teaser: 
Design a device that can grab something hard to reach.
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Translated Activities Available: 
Yes
Show in Global Day Activity List?: 
Yes
Grade: 
6-8
9-12
Topic(s): 
Simple Machines
Technology/Materials
Teaser (NEW): 
Design a device that can grab something hard to reach.