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Prosthetic Possibilities

45+ minutes

Grade level: Lessons for 3-5

Big idea

Students explore how engineers design technology to meet specific needs and use the Engineering Design Process to meet an accessibility need.

In the Film

In Superhuman Body, we see many examples of technologies that have been designed to enable people to accomplish tasks. Ty Duckett has unilateral lower limb loss and uses a prosthetic designed specifically for surfing.


  1. Students will follow the Engineering Design Process to create a piece of technology that allows an individual with a limb difference to complete an assigned task.
  2. Students will collaborate with a group.

Videos in this lesson

NGSS Standards

Define a simple design problem reflecting a need or a want that includes specified criteria for success and constraints on materials, time, or cost.

Generate and compare multiple possible solutions to a problem based on how well each is likely to meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.