UCA Elementary School Featured at Mini Maker Faire

by Jay Wintermeyer

Chris Duckett and one of his students sporting a prosthetic hand.
Visitors were fascinated with the 3D printer and the elementary school's Helping Hands Project.
Visitors to the Faire were given free "heart-hand" paperclips that were printed in their 3D printer. These symbolize the prosthetic hand project. 

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash., November 24, 2015 -- “That’s amazing!” “I’ve never seen that before.” “How does that work?” These were common statements heard at the Mini Maker Faire hosted at Spokane Valley’s Barnes & Noble store on Sunday, Nov. 8. UCA ElementarySchool’s 5th-8th-grade teacher, Mr. Duckett, and a few of his students were featured ‘makers’ at the fair. They brought their 3D printer and happily explained to visitors how to make, modify and download a 3D file to the printer, as well as their goal of printing and providing prosthetic hands to children without fingers.

Curious visitors learned how to assemble the 3D printed parts of a Raptor Reloaded prosthetic hand, one of many designs provided by e-Nable, an international volunteer network of makers and philanthropists.

One interested visitor, a librarian at a Catholic school in the Tri-Cities, was particularly fascinated with UCAES’s Helping Hands Project since she is in the process of setting up a makerspace at her school that will include a 3D printer. She was very excited to see how a 3D printer could be used to help others, and plans on sharing this idea with her school. “I know that I was supposed to be here to meet you today. God bless you and your school’s project!” she said as she thanked Mr. Duckett and his students.

UCA Elementary School studedents and staff were grateful for the opportunity to share how they are using technology to help others, and hope to continue to inspire local makers to lend a helping hand.