Three High School Students Designed a Prosthetic Hand for Their Friend's Two-Year-Old Brother
Did you ever build anything in high school? Maybe a chessboard in shop class? Or a bong? Well, I don't care how nice it turned out . . . three students in Texas have got you beat by a LONG SHOT.
Last year, a former student at Leander High School near Austin talked to his former robotics teacher, Herb Wasson. Yes, the school actually has a ROBOTICS program.
Anyway, the student called about his two-year-old brother, Zaxton, who was born with three missing fingers on his left hand. And he wanted to use the school's 3-D printer to make a PROSTHETIC designed by a guy in South Africa. But the teacher said the hand would be too big, and came up with a BETTER idea.
Starting in December, Wasson had three of his best students start designing a NEW prosthetic, which recently won a statewide COMPETITION for student projects.
That means they're eligible for nationals in Kansas City this summer. And in the past five days, they've raised MORE than enough on GoFundMe.com to pay for the trip.
But most importantly, Zaxton LOVES his new hand, which he can use to pick things up by simply flexing his wrist. (KVUE / LHSRoar.com)