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Tennessee High School Students Build Robotic Hand for Classmate

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Tennessee high school student Sergio Peralta wearing the prosthetic hand built for him by classmates.

Credit: CBS News

Students at Henderson high school in Tennessee constructed a robotic hand for classmate Sergio Peralta, whose right hand was not fully formed.

Encouraged by teacher Jeff Wilkins, the students designed, three-dimensionally-printed, and sized the prosthesis over four weeks with Peralta's participation.

Student Leslie Jaramillio said the project reflected the class's philosophy that "you're supposed to be engineering, coming up with new ideas, solving issues."

Henderson principal Bob Cotter said Wilkins and his class challenge themselves to transform abstract concepts "into reality," adding that Peralta's robotic hand "is a testament to the students."

From The Guardian (U.K.)
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