Grasping with Straws: Make a Robot Hand Using Drinking Straws
Make It Your Own
Time RequiredShort (2-5 days)
Material AvailabilityReadily available. See the Materials and Equipment list for details.
CostLow ($20 - $50)
SafetyAdult supervision is suggested for parts of this project. Use caution with sharp knives and glue.
AbstractImagine how cool it would be to build a robot hand that could grasp a ball or pick up a toy. In this robotics engineering project, you will learn how to use drinking straws, sewing thread, and a little glue to make a remarkably lifelike and useful robot hand. What will you design your robot hand to do? Pick up a can? Move around a ping pong ball? It is up to you! With these starting instructions, you can design any type of hand. You will simulate human finger anatomy as the basis for a fully functional robot hand that is easy to build and does not require complicated tools.
To build a working hand/gripper out of common, inexpensive materials that demonstrates how a real robot hand/gripper might work.
Howard Eglowstein, Science Buddies
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Last edit date: 2013-09-06