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Mind-Controlled Robotic Arm

In this video excerpt from NOVA scienceNOW, find out how a paralyzed woman manipulates a robotic arm with her mind to successfully drink from a cup. Correspondent and New York Times technology columnist David Pogue explores this experiment conducted by the BrainGate research team of doctors, scientists, and engineers. BrainGate investigators explain the placement of a sensor on the brain of a stroke victim, how a person's arm moves, and how complex the brain's control of movement is. This resource is useful for introducing components of Engineering Design (ETS) from the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) to grade 6-12 students.

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