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Dog tests prosthetic leg built by high school students

May 16, 2017 07:04 PM

ALBANY – Tech Valley High School students are making progress in helping a dog get a new leg after it was hit by a car. NewsChannel 13 first introduced you to Latte the lab a few weeks ago. Because of students at Tech Valley, he’s getting closer to walking on all four legs again.

Just like a couple weeks ago, Latte the lab hopped into a classroom at Tech Valley High School. This time, he wasn’t just there to meet the kids. He was getting the first test fitting for his new leg. “We designed a model on the computer, and then 3D printed the model the other day,” said Alex Livingston, a 9th grader at Tech Valley.

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Latte lost his leg after he was hit by a car.

The students will now make adjustments to the model. Latte is one of three animals the students are making prosthetic limbs for. Teachers and students say the hands-on work is extremely valuable. “It’s amazing because what we do in this project can actually help this animal live his life,” said Anthony Delmonico, another 9th grader at Tech Valley.

“By having students work with an animal, it is not only building up their skills with compassion, but also how does the natural world work and how does biology fit into their everyday lives,” said Devin Robinson, Bioengineering Teacher at Tech Valley High School.

The students also presented their ideas for their other projects, built using 3D printers and items they found in the school’s “Fab Lab”. “It’s pulling in really high, rigorous material as well as making a real authentic project for students to work with,” said Robinson.

Even though the leg didn’t fit properly on Tuesday, Latte’s owner says it’s a first step toward a better quality of life for her pet. “I think it’s fantastic,” said Jackie Lindsay. “We were willing to come all the way up because we think it is a really great program and we wanted the kids to be able to learn.”

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Ben Amey

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