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Charter school students 3D print hands for kids

Rochester, N.Y. - The Vertus Charter School is in session year round.

In addition to class work, twelve students were selected to work for the e-NABLE Project which uses 3D printers to make prosthetic hands.

The students are paid by a summer city youth employment program to print the 20-30 pieces of the hands and assemble them.

Justin McGill is a 9th grader in the program.

"This program is really helpful because it inspired us to become more helpful," McGill told us. "We can build stuff for kids and they enjoy them. Sometimes we have different types of prototype designs for kids. You know how kids like superheroes? We had designs on the 3D printer that we could make superhero hands like Spiderman and stuff or bigger hands for adults who need them."

The school bought the printers and brought in Elizabeth Jackson, a third-year engineering student at RIT, to teach the program.

RIT professor Dr. Jon Schull founded the e-NABLE Project. Through e-NABLE, these students will get the measurements of children who need a hand and match those measurements to the hands they've made this summer to find a match.

Along with the prosthetic hand, the students will also send the recipient a personalized letter.

"They've been really, really great, " Jackson said. "They've been excited and interested in what we are doing. They love assembling the hands and they ask me every single morning if we are doing more hands. I think they like the thought they are are actually going to be helping someone with this too."

The Vertus Charter School is accepting 9th and 10th grade students over the next couple of weeks.

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