In July, Adrian took some students to Swinburne University of Technology to be part of the Digital Learning and Teaching Victoria Conference.
A group of six students ranging from Year five through to Year eleven worked together and built a 3D printer from its basic components and printed and assembled working prosthetic hands. These hands, designed as part of the E-Nable open source project that has brought together engineers, artists, makers, occupational therapists, prosthetists, garage tinkerers, designers and many others from all over the world, can be printed and assembled for less than $50.
Real-world projects like this enable students to become deep, independent thinkers, who take responsibility for their own learning and solve problems that have a real outcome as they experience first-hand what it is like to be a designer, a mathematician or an engineer.
The Geelong College students are empowered to be the creators and inventors of tomorrow's technology by having the mindset that nothing is impossible and that you can create whatever you imagine. Whilst the designs of the hands are downloadable, the deep learning is during assembly, the understanding of an interconnected system, the engineering and in the linear and parametric scaling to ensure hands are printed to the correct size. It made the local paper SCT August 20th 2015
Two prosthetic hands have now been completed as our students go about identifying a potential donor so their work can go to someone in need.