Age range: 11-14 | 14-16
Duration: 30-59 mins
  • D&T
  • Maths
  • Physics

Wearable antennas

Learn about technology used for personal health care

Body centric communications have abundant applications in personal healthcare, smart homes, personal entertainment, identification systems, space exploration and military. This topic investigates the driving technology behind body centric communications, explores current health applications of these devices, possibilities for the future and the ethical issues surrounding these advancements.

Activity info, teachers' notes and curriculum links

In this activity students will find out about a use of electronic systems to improve health care. They will study a case where a Body Centric Antenna (BCA) increases the speed at which data can be made available to health professionals.
The activity sheet includes teacher notes, guidance, useful web links, and links (where appropriate) to the national curriculum in each of the four devolved UK nations; England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

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Activity

Activity overview

Wearable antennas activity description, teachers' notes and curriculum links.

Handout

Handout

Body centric antenna - student handout looking at body centric antennas and their potential health benefits.

Handout

Handout

Pacemaker case study - student handout looking at pacemakers and how body centric antennas can be used to help.

Podcast

Audio

Connected health - Podcast produced by Fun Kids Radio as part of the Techno Mum series.

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