STEM: Building a robotic hand

Ever since we build a hand out of paper and yarn my lad has been searching for something, almost ANYTHING that would work better.  So imagine our delight when Tinker crates arrived and the topic was "Robotic Hand!"

With the use of elastic, brands, eye screws and working robotic hand was made.

I loved seeing the look of concentration on his face.
Tinker Crates give clear instructions on how to make their crates.  As long as one carefully reads EVERYTHING you can make the STEM project without any issues.  I find them affordable, and the lad likes putting them together so it's a win-win.  

It comes with a handy tinkerzine with greatly expands the learning done.  We have a couple of other projects left in this kit to do.  We just didn't get to them today.

The lad has had a great deal of fun experimenting with the robotic hand.

I really wish I could have videoed the conversation between the lad and his dad afterwards.
Figuring out why the robotic hand doesn't work as well as a human hand.
Seeing how they would change it to make it work better if they could.
It was just a great conversation and one of the top reasons why I like to do these tinker crates with my lad, the conversations with my lad.

That and this statement
"This isn't homeschooling.  This is fun!"

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  1. This is so cool! Is this your first TinkerCrate or have you been getting them for awhile?

    1. we've been doing them a while and love them. :)

  2. Love it! Tinker Crates look like so much fun. Good job on the hand and for following it up with questions and observations, young man!

    1. Tinker crates are a good investment I find. Good learning. Fun to build. As long as you follow the instructions. We've learned so much from them.


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