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High school freshmen give dog new leg to stand on

May 05, 2017 07:32 PM

ALBANY - Freshmen at Tech Valley High School are changing the life of a dog who lost a leg after being hit by a car. "Latte the Lab" will be getting a prosthetic designed and built entirely by students.

The guest in Tech Valley High School's freshman bio-engineering class didn't sit when he was supposed to. He also wandered and sniffed around the classroom. That's exactly what he was supposed to do during a recent visit.

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"I learn so much better when I know there is going to be a benefit," explained Maeve Corcoran, one of the students.

Latte lost his back left leg after getting hit by a car. He gets around just fine  However, this class's evolutionary unit assignment will give latte an even better quality of life. After measuring Latte, the students will then use 3D modeling technology software to build him a prosthetic limb that they will then print on a 3D printer.

"Getting rid of predisposition that young students are unable to do a project of this rigor by changing those stigmas, our students will be very successful," pointed out Devin Robinson, their teacher.

The class isn't just gaining important knowledge with this hands on or paws in this case lesson. They're also mastering skills that will help them in any technology career.

"By them being interested and passionate about something, we will get more engagement than we would if this didn't have the authentic piece to it," explained Robinson.

The students aren't the only ones benefiting because they're learning. A dog in need is also being helped.

"It makes you think that what you are doing is worth something," beamed Maeve.

Latte's limb should be ready for him to try on in two weeks.

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WNYT Staff

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