8th grade class builds prosthetic arm for farmer

8th grade class builds prosthetic arm for farmer

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Illinois farmer Jake Hubbard’s life changed when he lost his left arm in a farming accident in 2013. He had been fitted with a replacement prosthetic and was back at work, but considered the artificial arm more of a tool than a part of him. But this changed when a local teacher approached Jake with an idea. He and his 8th grade students from Rochelle were so moved by Jake’s story that they decided to lend a hand. Using a 3D printer that the school purchased with a grant from the America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education Program, the students and teacher enlisted the help of local residents and an engineer from Ohio, to research, design, and assemble a more lifelike prosthetic arm.