Robot Arm / Anatomy Lesson

May 20, 2020

Hello everyone! This is Danielle from Neighborhood North Museum of Play. Today we are honoring all the nurses and essential workers who are bravely still serving this country as we go through this tough time with an anatomy-based children's craft! We will be making robotic arms!

Gather items around your house such as cardboard, a hot glue gun, some straws, string and some items to measure like a ruler and a pencil, Velcro and an embroidery needle may be optional. We'll learn how to cut out the robot arm and how to make it move while also learning about the anatomy of our own hands! Twenty-seven bones can be found in our hands, and joints help them all to move; we'll attempt to mimic these parts in our robotic hands. The carpal bones, metacarpals, and the phalanges make up the major groups on bones you'll find inside. These parts along with several other muscles, nerves, ligaments, tendons and blood vessels we won't have in our cardboard hands, are what make our real hand so incredible. Did you know you can speak an entire language with just your hands? It's called Sign Language! Sign Language is mostly spoken by people who may have difficulty speaking like those who are hard of hearing or deaf, but anyone can learn!

In this video, we'll see how to start by learning the alphabet and a few small words like thank you. You can practice these words by saying thank you to all the essential workers and nurses for their incredible work during this pandemic. In the end, some members of our community would like to do just that and say thank you for keeping us safe!

From all of us at Neighborhood North, we thank you and hope you and your kids enjoy this video! See you next time!

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