Tennessee students build robotic hand for new classmate: ‘You changed my life’
Students create a robotic hand for a new classmate
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Attending a new school can be a difficult challenge for any student, but luckily for a 15-year-old in Tennessee, he found a group of innovative students who changed his life.
Sergio Peralta started the new term at Hendersonville High School with a secret — a hand that didn’t fully form.
“The first few days of school, I really felt like hiding my hand,” he told CBS News. “As if nobody would ever find out.”
However, a teacher in the school’s engineering program found out and told Peralta that maybe his classmates could help.
“They ended up offering me, ‘We could build your prosthetic hand,’ and I never expected it,” he said. “Like never in a million years.”
With access to online models and a 3D printer, the group – who didn’t even know if their plan would work – hit the bull’s eye. With the prosthesis, Peralta was able to catch a baseball with his right hand for the first time.
“You changed my life,” Peralta said.
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