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Local STEM students giving kids a hand...literally

50 local students participating in the "Hand In Hand" program are learning a lesson in engineering and empathy by helping to create 3D printed hand prosthetics for five kids.

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Hand in Hand is a two week program, organized by WNY STEM Hub, that brings together dozens of local students to create prosthetic hands for three local kids, and two children overseas.

Tuesday, the students took measurements of the children that will be getting these free prosthetics. They will take that information, and use professional designs that are free online, to come up with their initial plans.

The students will then tailor the designs to the specific needs and wants of the little ones that will wear them.

The students will use 3D printers to create rough copies of the bio-mechanical prosthesis, and the final plans will be sent to AW Miller in East Aurora, which will professionally manufacture the prosthetics.

We're told the plan is to present the finished product to the three local youngsters in October.

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