High School Student Developed Affordable Prosthetic Model for Patients with Leprosy #makereducation
Female student Ananya Cleetus from Pennsylvania traveled to the White House Science Fair E=earlier this Summer to share her robotics prosthetics project designed for leprosy patients. (And while it wasn’t included in this article, please check out Gael Langevin’s InMoov project for the source of the 3D printed parts she used — which she credited in her official presentations, project information and interview.)
The Upper St. Clair resident was one of 32 students and student teams selected from across the country to present their projects in the nation’s capital, and the only exhibitor from Pennsylvania. In addition to meeting President Barack Obama, she showcased her most recent invention: an affordable robotic hand she designed for leprosy patients.
Ananya focused on creating a product that could be used by everybody, not just those who can afford costly prostheses.
“I’m really interested in science outside of the lab — the impact of science in terms of social engineering and solving people’s problems,” said Ananya.
She chose to focus her project on people in India who have lost limbs due to leprosy, a chronic infection which causes damage to the skin, nerves and mucous membranes. Because the stigma of the disease forces patients to live in isolation, they are also one of the country’s most medically vulnerable populations.
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