Rocky Point students build prosthetic hand for boy in Indonesia
Students at Rocky Point High School are helping to transform the life of a boy in Indonesia.
They build everything from furniture to toys, and now a prosthetic hand.
A total of 11 students built the prosthetic hand for Anan Suastika, 6, with a 3-D printer. He was born without fingers on the right hand.
Anan's father made a plea on a website called E-name for someone to help make a prosthetic hand for his boy.
Rocky Point High School teacher John Schumacher thought it would be a great way to blend technology and humanity into a project for his students.
"I told them, 'Guys, amongst difficulty lies opportunity. This is an opportunity. Let's make a difference for somebody,'" Schumacher says.
The students worked during free periods and after school to design and assemble the 3-D parts into a Phoenix V-3 prosthetic hand.
Anan received the gift of mobility in his right hand.
For the first time in his life, the 6-year-old can lift a cup and wipe his nose with a tissue.
Students say that that is what makes the work they do worth it.
"That's the biggest reward of the whole project," says Gianna Imeidopf. "...Just seeing how happy he is and how someone across the world could impact someone who is in need."
The students were inspired by the successful production of their first prosthetic limb. They plan to make more for other people who need them.