Technology and design have had a major impact on the function of modern-day prosthetics. They’ve also served to make prosthetics more accessible. In this iBlock, students will navigate through the Engineering Design Process to design and develop a prosthetic device. To complete this task, students will explore 21st century skills such as critical thinking, innovation, and collaboration. Solutions can include computer-aided design (CAD), 3D printing, circuitry, and more.

  • Grade Band: 9-12
  • Primary Focus: Design, Fabrication, and Engineering
  • Secondary Focus: STEM and Problem-Solving
  • Additional Foci: Advanced Literacy, Transferable Skills, Social-Emotional Learning
  • Additional Suggested Technology: 3D printer
  • Related Industry Sectors: Medical Technology, Scientific Research and Engineering


Here is a sample NGSS standard for this iBlock:

Evaluate a solution to a complex real-world problem based on prioritized criteria and trade-offs that account for a range of constraints, including cost, safety, reliability, and aesthetics as well as possible social, cultural, and environmental impacts. (HS-ETS1-3)