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TechieLab - Lara Project

Lara was born one handed. She’s never wanted full prosthetics apart from attachments she has received (helped design) through the years to help her cut food and ride a bike.
She plays a trumpet and the keyboard. She puts her own hair up, ties her own shoe laces and even does a hand stand with one hand!
Now I don’t know about you, but I can’t do half those things! She saw a news clip about Haley, a young girl from Scotland who had received a 3D printed hand. After many years with only one hand she decided that she would quite like a second one as well!

Dani is her IDT teacher and alongside Techielab, and with full support of the Charitable Trust and the Heads’ at her school, we decided to embark on a futuristic pseudo Sci-Fi adventure to print a hand for Lara!
We are starting with a simple mechanical hand from the fantastic E-nable community.
Stage 2 is to design a prototype and add electronics and explore materials to interface with the 3D printed hand to add comfort and functionality.
Stage 3 incorporates connecting the electronics to muscle signals and ultimately, moved by the inspirational Easton LaChapelle, we would like to explore brain signalling solutions.

Why is our project different from any other project out there? We want the children to be more than recipients, we want them to be part of the discovery process in finding solutions to real issues in the world.

Lara’s moto is: “WE want to change our OWN world!”

Recently, The regional and national news got whiff of the story and this is what they said:

 

Kent On Line

Kent On Line

Tonbridge schoolgirl Lara Pincott receives specially built prosthetic hand from students at The Schools at Somerhill A schoolgirl who was born with one hand has had a brand new one assembled for her by a technology company - with the help of her classmates. Lara Pincott, a year 5 student at Derwent Lodge in Tonbridge, never wanted a prosthetic hand until she was inspired by a CBBC news broadcast earlier this year. The clip demonstrated prosthetics created using state-of-the-art 3D printing and piqued her interest.

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Mail Online

Mail Online

I’m blowing my own trumpet… with help from my friends: Classmates make prosthetic hand for disabled schoolgirl Lara Pincott, 10, from Tonbridge, Kent was born without her left hand The schoolgirl did not want an artificial hand until she saw a CBBC show Lara's new hand was produced by Techielab, a local firm using a high-tech 3D printer The youngster praised her teachers and classmates for their hard work 'Project Lara' was a joint project between her school and Techielab

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Channel 5 news

The Lara Project Video