Fashion, civil disobedience, and the magic of 3D printers: this week on Best of SNO

While one student utilizes a 3D printer to bring his art to life, another group of innovators use 3D printing to create wearable fingers for disabled children in Nepal.  The submissions in the Best of SNO inbox this week do a fantastic job showcasing the many ways technology benefits society. Not feeling very tech-savy? We’ve got stories for you, too. Hearing how one high school student is determined to start his own fashion line should motivate you to get those creative juices flowing. Read on for our weekly picks.

Alec Pennell explores fashion through his lensNadia Koontz, Kearsley High School
“Pennell looks up at the sky before raising his Canon DSLR camera up to his eye and then smiles, holding still to take a picture. He takes a moment to glance at the photo taken and then his eyes light up — his next idea.”

From Saudi Arabia to Nepal and back again twice: Lending a hand can be as simple as download, print and sendSuvidhi Bhalgat, ISG Jubail
“Now, Bondurant and the students from the Nepal trip are working on 3D-printed wearable fingers. The premise is simple: There are five “fingers” with fishing wire threaded through them that connect them to the “palm”. Bhim Maya will fit her hand into an indentation on the bottom of the 3D-printed prosthetic hand and strap the wire to her wrist. Depending on how she bends her wrist, the fingers will furl and unfurl, letting her grab and hold things, like mugs.”

Printing his way to success: Daniel MontoyaJack Yan and Alex Gordon, Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts
“It’s another way to express myself through a non-conventional medium of art,” Montoya said. “I felt like doing something different. Every time I print something people are like ‘whoa that is so cool’ and it feels good when other people appreciate my production of any art form such as this.”

The scary reality of civil disobedience in practiceOse Arheghan, Shaker Heights High School
“Trayvon did not give up his life; his life was taken. Wearing my hood up is my way of recognizing that. I like to think that I would be seen and respected, hoodie or no hoodie, but to me, this is about so much more than simply wearing an article of clothing.”

Junior transfer student spearheads first robotics teamBenjamin Zaghi and Rose Lipner, Shalhevet High School
“The new club has already qualified as a team in the FIRST — For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology – Robotics Competition league, which is holding a competition in Long Beach March 10. Participating teams got their assignments Jan. 9, giving them six weeks to build their robots.”

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