- Associated Press - Friday, January 29, 2016

PALM COAST, Fla. (AP) - Students in the i3 Academy at Flagler Palm Coast High School are creating designs for a possible prosthetic limb for a three-legged German shepherd.

The dog, Champ, visited the 11th and 12th graders this week in their integrated anatomy/physiology and drawing II class, reported the Daytona Beach News-Journal (https://bit.ly/1TrHuwH). The students met with professionals representing a variety of disciplines to present their ideas and receive feedback. Experts included veterinarian Stephanie Badge Kindred, occupational therapist Kymber Whitney and others.

Seven student groups, each with its own design, set out materials at stations around the classroom. The experts circulated to listen to their proposals and offer insights.

Some groups used wheels in their design. One group decided to use Razor scooter wheels because they are “super easy to replace,” said student Austin McLeer.

Another group designed a “paw” composed of rubber and shaped like a capital G.

Teacher Courtney VandeBunte told the newspaper she wanted to assign a project that not only covered the anatomy standards, but also helped the community in some way.

At the same time, Deborah Williams of the Flagler County Education Foundation was seeking projects that might be eligible for a $5,000 Motorola Solutions Innovations Grant, which is made possible by Flagler County Education Foundation. Only 10 such grants are awarded in the state annually and Flagler County has won it for each of the previous three years.

The student team with the winning design will create Champ’s prosthetic using the school’s 3D printers, and will present its design to Motorola Solutions on Feb. 25.

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Information from: Daytona Beach (Fla.) News-Journal, https://www.news-journalonline.com

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