When Raptor Specialist Jane and Bioengineer Nate were planning to engineer Beauty a new beak, they had to consider what her original beak did and how its design helped it to function appropriately. Features like the shape of the beak, how it opened and closed, and how strong it was all were vital in how well it functioned.
You will now design a prosthetic for a toy or stuffed animal you have that needs one, or for an animal of your choosing, as directed by your teacher. Just like Jane and Nate, you will have to keep in mind what purpose this prosthetic will serve for the animal and how the design of your prosthetic will make it work in that way. Use the questions below to help you conduct some research, plan how you will craft your prosthetic, and what materials would be best.
What animal are you building a prosthetic for?
Which body part will the prosthetic replace?
What function does this body part serve for this animal? Does it help them eat? Does it help them move? Does it help them communicate?
How does this body part move? Does it open and shut? Does it bend? Does it move back and forth? Does it expand and contract?
Consider all of the questions you just answered and decide what materials might be best to make your prosthetic. You can use any of the materials your teacher has provided for you. If you think of other materials you have access to, you may also use those. List your materials below.
Draw a model of your prosthetic. Use lines and arrows to indicate what materials you will use to make the different parts of the prosthetic.
Build your prosthetic using the drawing of your model to help guide you. Does your drawing have enough detail? Is there anything you would change about it to make the prosthetic better?
Is there a way you can test your prosthetic to see if it works? If so, how would you do it?