Teens at the Fort Collins Unit have the opportunity to work with a global network called E-NABLE. With the help from a grant from the OtterCares Foundation and the 3D Printing Store, we were able to build 3D printed hands for children who do not have fully functioning hands and cannot afford a traditional prosthetic.
Before visiting the 3D Printing Store for the first time, we did a philanthropy lesson at the Club. The kids answered questions about what philanthropy means to them. There was a great discussion and then we did a fun activity with the teens. We taped their hands in different ways (some only had two fingers, others had none, others taped their arms so they would only have use of one). Then we had them participate in daily activities that they would normally do at the Club including Ping Pong, Foosball, Pool and see if it was more difficult to do these "normal" games. It was!
Our first trip to the 3D Printing Store was where the kids learned about the different 3D technologies and all of the ways 3D printing is being used today and what they working towards for the future. The expressions on the kids faces would change drastically as they learned all of the uses: medical, automotive, aerospace, etc. On Saturday, April 2nd the Fort Collins Club built a total of 5 hands for other kids who are in need, it was incredible process. We had a total of 11 teens attend the field trip and the worked in pairs (with one group of 3) and they spent over 3 hours assembling one hand per group.
The 3D Printing Store is working on tracking the hands and where they go so hopefully the kids will have the chance to find out who exactly they helped. The teens will participate in a second workshop where they will talk about what they have learned and how their idea of philanthropy has changed.