Francis Tuttle Pre-Engineering Academy student flexes STEM muscles in creation of prosthetic handPublished: Thursday, December 6, 2018 By: Jim Stafford Source: NewsOK
Emily Haas flexed her biceps, and the fingers on a purple plastic robotic hand sitting on a table before her flexed as well. She did it again. Biceps flexed. Fingers flexed.
Her audience wanted to see it again. And again.
Haas, a 16-year-old junior at Deer Creek High School, was demonstrating what is known as a myoelectric prosthetic. The robotic hand responds to electric signals detected in muscle movement in Haas' arm and translates them into movement in its prosthetic fingers.
My colleague, Debbie Cox from the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology (OCAST), and I watched the demonstration in amazement.