High schoolers design & build a prosthetic arm for musician


Middle schooler Kayla Arqueta was born without her left hand and part of her forearm, but that hasn’t stopped her from pursuing her passion of playing the cello.

When she approached her school’s orchestra director Carly Addison, the two put their heads together to figure out how to make it happen.

Carly reached out to an engineering teacher at a nearby high school and challenged his class to turn some blueprints for a prosthetic arm into something Kayla could use.

Sure enough -- the engineering students got to work and created the prosthetic arm with their 3D printers.

Thanks to the imagination of Kayla and Carly – and the ambition of the engineering class – Kayla is now a member of the band and is encouraged by all the other musicians in her classroom.

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