In the small town of Apple Valley, Minnesota, Valley Middle Schools’ STEM Program decided to embark on a lofty project: make a 3D printed limb.
Brian Martin is a computer technology teacher at the middle school, and once he heard about the Million Waves Project, he knew that he had to get his students involved. “Many of my students have some amazing 3D designing skills, well beyond what people think an 8th grader can do,” Brian said. The eventual goal is to make a 3D printed prosthetic swimming limb for a child in need, but this is an extensive process that the students are eager to take on. The students will have to start with concept design, then make 2D designs, and then they will get to break into the 3D designing phase.
While this project will take work, the students are undoubtedly excited about the prospect. Brian said: “I am completely blown away with how excited they are to be doing this. 8th graders often get a bad rap for being very “me-centered” but I had many students talk about how they were excited to be doing something at school that can actually help people and have an impact on the real world.”