My students are a great group of 10th-12th graders who want to make a difference in their community. They've been working to make a difference in their community, starting awareness projects about lawns in the desert-state of Colorado, as well as creating projects from repurposed old shoes.
In a collaborative, inquiry-based project, high school students will innovate at the forefront of medical technology, using a 3D printer.
Using the design-thinking process and their knowledge of anatomy, they will design and prototype a series of technologies to orthotics and prostheses for children at a local clinic. These innovative students are inspired by these possibilities and want to use open source material and their own innovation to make prosthetics for children. They don't want to roll their eyes at the world - they want to dig in!
Our students want to make a difference in their world by forging connections literally and figuratively. They feel isolated and not able to make a difference; they would like to no longer feel as if their learning is very separate from the world at large. Our innovative project wants to solve for this disconnect while helping make prosthetics affordable for children. One of the ways to make students feel powerful and connected is to empower them with social innovation. In a partnership with our anatomy teacher, we want to give students a chance to change their world, to stop feeling powerless, and to participate at the forefront of medical innovation.
The differences in circumstance are pronounced.
We need to collapse those differences with our capacities. The anatomy teacher, my students, and I will collaborate to use design-thinking and anatomical knowledge to make use of open source material in 3D medical printing. We're inspired by stories of prosthetics made on school printers and we will work with our local nonprofit clinic. These students want to make a difference! We are requesting for a 3D printer and filaments.
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