Engineer: Designing Prosthetic Tails

An injured dolphin has been brought to the Rozzopolis Ocean Life Conservatory. In this adventure, explorers will design an artificial tail for a dolphin that was injured in a fishing net so he can gain the mobility he needs to swim.

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  1. Kathryn Jefferson on September 24, 2018 at 1:58 pm

    Student testing his dolphin tail prosthetic

  2. Kathryn Jefferson on September 24, 2018 at 2:00 pm

    Sample dolphin with successful prosthetic

  3. Karen Kulhanek on October 24, 2019 at 11:41 am

    Our junior engineers had fun discovering how prosthetics work. I shared the story of Winter, the real-life dolphin who was rescued and lost her tail due to a crab trap entanglement. She has inspired many people in many different ways, including our students! The blue dolphin at the top of the attached picture does not appear to have a prosthetic, but it does – inside the play-doh! Fun project for all!

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