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Posted on: March 8, 2022

Councilwoman Bonner Recognizes Rocky Point HS Technology Students Who Created Prosthetic Hand

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Farmingville, NY – At the March 3 Town Board meeting, Councilwoman Jane Bonner recognized a group of Rocky Point High School Technology students who created a prosthetic hand for Anun Suastika, a six-year-old Indonesian boy who was born with no fingers on his right hand. Anan’s father made a plea on a website called E-name for someone to help make a prosthetic hand for his boy.

Mr. Schumacher, passionate about teaching students the technology skills that they can use in many career fields, happened upon e-NABLE, an organization with volunteer members who use open-source technology and 3D printers to provide free prosthetic hands for children and adults. He thought it would be a great way to blend technology and humanity into a project for his students and guided them as they built the prosthetic hand using the school’s 3-D printer. The students worked during free periods and after school to design and assemble the 3-D parts into a Phoenix V-3 prosthetic hand. As traditional prosthetics normally cost thousands of dollars and need to be replaced as children grow, the production of a printed Phoenix V-3 prosthetic hand is much more inexpensive because of its design: It simply relies on a person’s functional wrist and uses the palm to push against the device so the fingers close when the wrist is bent.

Pictured in the front row, left to right are Technology class students James Prendergast, Gavin Donovan, Gianna Imeidopf, Thomas Anzalone, Brendon Artzt, Jacob Bazata and teacher John Schumacher and Councilman Michael Loguercio. Back row left to right Councilwoman Jane Bonner, Councilman Kevin LaValle, Councilmember Jonathan Kornreich, Supervisor Ed Romaine, Councilman Neil Foley and Councilman Dan Panico.

Councilwoman Bonner said, “It is not every day that high school students can make such a big impact on a person’s life, but these students did just that. I thank Mr. Schumacher and his Technology class for taking on the challenge to improve Anun’s quality of life.”

“We are grateful to Mr. Schumacher and these students for this project that will have a profound effect on a boy’s life,” Rocky Point School District Superintendent of Schools Dr. Scott O’Brien said. “The enthusiasm and passion shown by this committed group is inspiring to others in our school district, learning that in our classrooms they too can make a difference in the global community.”
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