Staying in the Loop: Student Creations Using Hook and Loop

Hook and loop is used in so many applications, it’s difficult to know where to start. After all, it’s not just shoes and wallets that use these practical fasteners. We’re going to start highlighting some interesting applications that we come across, including new business ventures, technology, and DIY stuff, among others.

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Students Build Prosthetic Arm For Child
Students from a Grand Rapids, MI High School worked with their Robotics teacher to design and build a custom forearm and hand for a local 4 year old who wanted to be able to ride a bike. The students used a 3-D printer to make most of the components for their senior project, which connects to the little girl's upper arm with hook and loop straps. Surely this assignment helped the students understand the nature of engineering in a new light. It's a great story about using technology to help those with needs.

Target Selects Student Designs to Sell in Stores
Students at Philadelphia University had their designs selected by Target to be featured in their stores for sale. The designs include a tablet mount for beds, complete with slots for charger cables to run through, and a laundry bag that can double as a shoulder bag with the use of a "Velcro strap", a strap made with Velcro® brand fasteners.

Best Museums That Are Fun For Kids
The Children's Museum of Houston is just one of the many museums that provide a uniquely fun experience for children. At their KidTech Fest this past May, they had a whole week of activities designed to teach kids ways to create and build on their own. The "WonderWeek" included an EcoStation, LEGOS®, Velcro® brand hook and loop, marshmallow bridges and computer hard drive information stations where they learned a variety of fun and interesting applications in Science, Math, Engineering and Technology.