On Sunday, December 3, Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart hosted its first e-NABLE Build-a-Thon which was organized by an inspiring eighth grader and Boy Scout Chase Quijano. Chase's project was brought to life through the guidance of Director of Technology Ray Shay and with the help of other Middle School student volunteers. Members of the Princeton Academy community and surrounding area gathered in Hawk Hall to construct prosthetic hands for those in need using 3D-printed parts that were donated by various organizations and schools. This student-led initiative is a true example of Sacred Heart in action and specifically speaks to Goal III, a social awareness which impels to action. While there are many e-NABLE chapters around the world, Chase has founded the first chapter in New Jersey. Congratulations to Chase, Director of Technology Ray Shay and all of the organizations who helped to make this dream, a reality: Rutgers Makerspace, AntiMatter Filament, the University of South Carolina and Rutgers 4H.
The Build-a-Thon was inspired by e-NABLE, a global volunteer organization of people who 3D print and donate prosthetic hands. The e-NABLE community has developed a collection of different 3D-printable assistive devices that are free for download and fabrication. Quijano learned of e-NABLE after completing his own 3D printed hand with muscle controlled servo motors for a summer 4-H county fair project. For some families, purchasing prosthetic hands for their growing child is a huge financial burden and 3D printing is helping to ease this burden.
Please take a moment to view this video which tells the story behind e-NABLE:
Enjoy photos from the event: