Our Afternoon with VR Prosthetics

Last Tuesday afternoon we were lucky enough to work with a group of scientists on a special project about prosthetic limbs.  We were helping the team to design an exhibition which they will be showing in different museums in Sheffield later this year.

The activities we took part in were all designed to get us to think about how the arm is made up of different bones and muscles and also to help us have some understanding of what life with a prosthetic limb might be like.

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We carried out different activities one handed to help us see how difficult it is to have just one hand. These included building animals out of multi link, folding and cutting a piece of paper and searching for a paper clip in a match box full of other little things.

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These children are ordering different prosthetic arms from oldest to newest. The oldest one dates from Egyptian times!

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For this activity we had to design our own prosthetic hand. We included features like phone chargers and lights. Some of us even had nails that changed colour to show your mood!

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The final activity involved using virtual reality to control a hand on screen. We had to build an arm! This was tricky but great fun!

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