I Want to Hold Your Hand

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In this activity, learners construct a robot-like hand to demonstrate how data is collected when using robotic technology. Educators can use this activity to simulate how NASA uses robotic explorers to collect information about places where humans cannot travel. This lesson plan includes helpful diagrams, assessment questions, and several extension ideas.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
1 to 2 hours

Estimated Materials Cost:
$5 - $10 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 11

Resource Types:
Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan, Model, Simulation


Materials List (per group of students)

  • Narrow rubber bands
  • Drinking straws
  • Cardboard
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • Nylon cord
  • Centimeter ruler
  • Pen


  • Engineering and Technology
    • Engineering
    • Technology
      • Information and Communication
  • Mathematics
    • Measurement
  • The Nature of Science
    • Science and Society
      • Risks and Benefits
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations
  • The Nature of Technology
    • Technology and Society
    • The Design Process
      • Invention and Innovation
      • Problem Solving
      • Troubleshooting and Maintenance


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Uses STEM to solve real-world problems
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Includes alignment to state and/or national standards:

Includes assesments for student learning:

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Access Rights:

  • Free access


  • Ricles, Shannon ; Jaramillo, Becky ; Fargo, Michelle


  • Public domain, ,