Coventry students reflect on growth of project building prosthetic hands with 3D printer

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COVENTRY - In February, we met a group of 6th grade students from Coventry's Captain Nathan Hale Middle School who were making prosthetic hands - for kids in need in developing countries - with a 3D printer.

"Originally, it was kind of a cool project for my students to do that turned into a much bigger event than what I could’ve expected," says teacher Jeff Spivey.

After appearing on Mommy Minute, the group was contacted by Enabling the Future, the organization that created the concept and designed the prototype.  The class then participated in an online conference with the organization.

They also took part in a tech expo at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford.  "I think it was interesting to put it out in the real world," says 11-year-old Josephine Swinton.  "It gave us more experience and a different view."

The students are finishing the year with 27 hands...a number that exceeds their goal.  "It makes me feel really good because I’m making a difference in the world," says 12-year-old Evan Dailey.  "Whether it’s small or big, I’m still changing the world."