A Helping Hand

The excitement is palpable among the three HTEA fourth graders who will be participating in a project with the company E-nabling the Future to create a prosthetic hand for a child in need. With the guidance of Mr. Randy Rister from the Lower School IT team, the students will design and build the prosthetic with the new 3D printer in the Lower School Makerspace, made possible by a $10,000 grant from the Harris Foundation. When first asked if they would be interested in participating in the project, the students answered a unanimous “Yes!”

We interviewed Mr. Rister to find out more details on their upcoming project:

1. For those who haven’t heard of the organization, can you please briefly describe what http://www.enablingthefuture.org is all about?

The company “E-nabling The Future”  is a network of passionate volunteers using 3D printing to give the World a “Helping Hand.” They help match the fabricators and recipients together to build a working prosthetic hand or arm.

2. Can you give us a few more details about the project and how our students will be involved?

When I heard that E-nabling The Future uses volunteers to build and assemble prosthetic products, I thought ‘What a great idea’ to get our youngster involved in a project that would help someone their own age to get use of their hand or arm. The students will get to actually design and build the 3D parts to completely assemble a prosthetic hand!

3. What is the most exciting part of this project?

For now, it is the idea of designing something as important as a hand or arm for another human to use and to be able to just hit “Print” and have it shoot out one layer at a time. It’s amazing!

Indeed it is amazing! This is an experience that will forever influence these children’s lives, both the students creating the hand and the child who receives it. We look forward to sharing more details as this project moves forward.

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