My friend and I are high school seniors who are currently interning with a ninth grade physics teacher at another school as part of our last senior project before we're off to college. These past few weeks we have been prototyping a project that our mentor wants to assign to his future class of freshmen, and so we have built a small, synthetic muscle. We experimented with different types and quantities of materials, but first we'll start off with instructing how to build a simple synthetic muscle.
Here are the supplies we used that you will need in order to create the muscle:
- 15-20 test fishing line
- Heat gun
- Strain,Spring, or Force Gauge
- 2 tacks, nails, or screws
- A 100 gram weight
- Power Drill
- Two paperclips
It should be noted that while this project can be completed individually, you may need a second person to assist you with some of the steps. Also, we used a force gauge and a classroom wall, but you can similarly use a wood board and a strain or spring if you don't have either of the items we used.