Carver Middle Using Cutting-Edge Technology
Carver Middle School is using cutting-edge technology to create a model for prosthetic hands. Students in Andy Youngblood’s gateway to technology and robotics classes have been working with retired engineers to assemble 3-D printed prosthetic hands. The printing process lets users create a custom model in a software program before it is sent to a printer and built one layer at a time.
Mr. Youngblood says this is a wonderful way to integrate 3-D printing into schools; and that students can see what we do in class can be used out in the real world. Along with their teacher, student are working with Bob Choban, a former IBM engineer, Bernie Zeiler, who worked with the research and development department at Milliken & Co. and Reid Becker, who worked in the medical field. The volunteers have been brought in by the Upstate SC STEM Collaborative, an effort designed to give students opportunities to better prepare them for the workforce through STEM activities.
Choban said he was happy to lend his expertise to the students as they assembled the prosthetic hands. “I’m thankful this type of effort is happening in South Carolina,” he said. “These kids need to have this to help them as they get older and move into the workforce. I’m hoping these kids have the know-how in these fields to be successful.”
Login Clark, an eighth-grader, said he has a passion for technology and wanted to learn more about the 3-D printing process. “This is good because it gives me a chance to socialize while doing this and also talk to the engineers.”
The prosthetic hands will be gifted to children when they are completed.