How to Make Electronic Skin with Stanford's Zhenan Bao

How many scientists does it take to make electronic skin? No, it's not a riddle! See a breakthrough in nanotechnology, courtesy of a video from the American Chemical Society's Reactions series. You'll hear the project leader, plus several scientists from a variety of disciplines, explain how teamwork is making the dream work in hopes of bringing the sense of touch back to people with prosthetic limbs.

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CCSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • The perfect video for illustrating how problems are solved when physics, chemistry, and engineering experts work together
  • Show the video to enhance an integumentary system unit
Classroom Considerations
  • Set aside some time after the video to answer questions and talk about the scandal discussed toward the end
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information
Pros
  • The project is an excellent example of inter-discipline research advancing technology and is useful for illustrating collaboration in the scientific community
  • Technology is high-level, but the resource explains it clearly and appropriately
Cons
  • None
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