CICERO, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — A group of Cicero-North Syracuse students is looking for someone who would benefit from a prosthetic hand they were able to create.
It was part of a class project in the school’s Participation in Government class.
The class learned how to use a 3D printer to create a hand, the first one they finished is a Phoenix model.
Senior Krista Hendrix helped work on the project and says, “It’s been really, really rewarding. “
They used the 3D printer to create all the parts which they then assembled and strung the wrist portion to the palm and finger portion of the prosthetic.
Sophomore Camryn Aguglia describes some of the features that make it so realistic, “How the fingers all come together and actually have the power to grip with just the move(ment) of your wrist.”
“I’ve seen a particular light in the kids’ eyes that normally maybe is not there,” teacher Mark Parrish says of his students involved in the project.
Aguglia tells NewsChannel 9 why this is more than just an average project.
“I have a silicon sling in my right eyelid that helps me be able to see out of my right eye, so having that kind of experience using something that is artificial in everyday life is really helpful,” he explains.
Parrish says it’s even deeper than that, “They’re making the real world connections with respects to not only looking at the 3D printer but robotics but actually giving back to the community and helping those in need.”
Parrish’s class is trying to find someone in the community who could benefit from a customized prosthetic hand they can make for them.
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Hendrix says, “I know that once we have a candidate that this is going to be for some kid that really needs it, and, that makes me happy.”
If you know someone who may benefit from a 3D printed prosthetic hand contact Mark Parrish at email@example.com