Angels Enable Complete Prosthetic Hand

February, 2016 

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DEMAREST, NJ — A group of Holy Angels students are participating with Enablingthefuture.org, an organization that matches people who have 3D printers with clients who need prosthetic hands. The project has been spearheaded by sophomore Molly Doyle (Pearl River, NY) who discovered Enabling the Future last spring and approached AHA Science teacher Mrs. Sharon Jureller and Ms. Jean Mullooly, Dean of Students about organizing a club. Molly shares, “We had been using the 3D printer but, we hadn’t been using it in a way that would have an important effect – it’s a great opportunity to combine the field of technology and have the ability to directly impact someone’s life.” The club, Angels Enable, has been working independently on the project after school on Mondays and Tuesdays. 

Enabling the Future requires a sample hand to be printed and assembled prior to finalizing a working partnership. The instruction for printing and assembling are available online from Enabling the Future’s website. In October, Angels Enable began this outreach project by solely printing the 3D parts for two hand kits that were then sent to Enabling the Future for those who had a need for the unassembled kits. The Angels Enable group then began to work diligently on the project in November to begin printing and assembling a test hand. Molly says, “We had struggled a lot with the tension of the hand to make sure it closed as a fist, and once we figured it out for ourselves it all came together. I’d say that was the highlight of the process.” Now completed, the Angels Enable group awaits approval to begin to formally print and assemble a hand for a client.  

For  more than 136 years, the Academy of the Holy Angels, sponsored by  The School Sisters of Notre Dame, has been educating  young women from all religious backgrounds in a rigorous, college-preparatory program.  Located on a college-like campus, AHA is a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence and a National  Service Learning Leader School that empowers young women to lead in academics,  arts,  athletics, spirituality, and service.  For more information, visit www.holyangels.org.

 












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