Thousands take on the robots at Manchester Science Festival!

Categories: School of Health and Society

Taking place over 10 days, with activities ranging from dancing in space to shopping at a carbon supermarket, the event saw thousands of visitors explore the question: “What does the future hold for humanity?”

The University of Salford was the Lead Educational Partner for the festival, and ran an activity called ‘Robot, Paper, Scissors: Engineering a Hand’, led by Dr Alix Chadwell, Postdoctoral Researcher in the School of Health and Society, supported by the Royal Academy of Engineering Ingenious Award.

Alix explained: “Our aim for the event was to explore how we use our hands every day, and what would be possible if prosthetics could catch up with the capabilities of real-life limbs?

“Visitors got the chance to challenge a prosthetic counterpart to a game of Rock, Paper, Scissors, admire one of the most advanced prosthetic hands now available on the NHS, and see how it can be controlled using arm muscles. They were challenged to pick up objects using a body-powered prosthesis and there was also the opportunity for them to design their own version of prosthetic limbs, and to talk to the engineers and researchers making this futuristic technology a reality today.”

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