Joliet Central Engineers Club developing prosthetic hand for young girl
February 3, 2017 03:47 PM
Joliet Central STEM teacher Mr. Dale West’s JC Engineers Club is currently in the beginning stages of developing a prosthetic hand in conjunction with e-Nable for a young girl.
e-Nable is a gobal community collaborating to make free 3-D printed prosthetic hands available to all who need them.
The prosthetic hand that the JC Engineers Club are designing is the most intricate project yet for this team. In this case, the young girl may receive a custom functional prosthetic hand. The JC Engineers Club have had some previous practice with creating prosthetics that can accommodate an individual who is missing just past their wrist. This design will test their skills and challenge them to create a prosthetic that can accommodate the young girl who is missing just past her elbow.
The JC Engineers Club students have been in contact with the young girl’s mother through email. She sent pictures of her daughter’s limb, to allow us to obtain the necessary measurements. Since the students are moving into this new design, the students decided to research and find partners for additional guidance and support.
They sent out emails, tweets, and Facebook messages to other organizations and individuals who have already created a similar design. The students have been fielding responses and have created some great connections with the e-Nable community.
“We actually received a response from the founder of e-Nable, Dr. Jon Schull. After a few emails being sent back and forth he asked if we could have a live conference call,” said West. “Today, Gabriel Hernandez had a live video conference call with him. It was a great real-world experience with a professional in the field.”
Gabriel and Dr. Schull spoke about the girl’s needs and her current prosthetic, which is used for aesthetic reasons only. After further discussion, Dr. Schull and Gabriel have decided to schedule a three-way conference call with the mother and her daughter in the near future to continue development.
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