I haven’t mentioned much lately about the prosthetic hand project we are working on but wanted to let you know there is still plenty going on.
Before I get to our activities, quite a few of you have asked me how you can support this project. Enabling the Future is a non profit. Last year they provided 1000 hands to kids around the world for free. Volunteers paid for the hands out of their own pocket, which is what we have been doing too. If you would like to donate money to support this organization in 30 countries around the world here is the link for donations. The money won’t come directly to us but it will help fund this important work. http://www.enablecommunityfoundation.org/donate/
In the last few weeks:
We toured WYNIT distributors of 3D printers and made some excellent contacts with people who want to help us. Coolest thing was a printer that printed color objects with regular paper. Mind blowing. Not in our price range.
We were at a science fair for a small local private elementary school. We had lots of people at our table although some were so tiny they couldn’t look over the table. We had as many people at our table as all the other tables did so definitely a success.
We were at the Furman table with the hand and printer at the huge Greenville iMAGINE STEAM science fair with 14,000 people attending. That was a lot of fun. Made a couple great contacts. This was a huge important event for us to be included in. Thank you Furman and Upstate STEM Collaborative.
We had two training sessions for new volunteers. One to talk to them about 3D printing and e-NABLE and one to actually have them assemble hands that one of our supporters at GE printed for us. I would say we got about half a dozen good volunteers interested.
We had and all day “show and tell” display at OLLI building with lots and lots of curious people to look at the printer and the hand. Hundreds stopped by on the busy Tuesday at OLLI.
Yesterday we were at the quarterly meeting of the Upstate STEM Collaborative and presented the projects we have been working on to educators and the business community. Excellent networking event for everyone. Made an important connection with Roper Mountain Science Museum.
And now the best part
Tomorrow afternoon we meet with students in Easley who printed a hand for an 11 year old from Easley and we will all present the hand to him.
And next Friday we go to another school where a family is flying in from New York with their 2 year old and will speak and present a hand to him.
If someone had told me I would be spending my retirement time with 3D printing and elementary and middle school kids and involved in STEAM education I would have said they were crazy. Just goes to show if you pay attention and reach out there are some incredible things that can happen.