Thanks to the kid-friendly design firm, KidMob -- which teaches kids to tackle community-based issues with skills like 3D modeling and printing, technical drawing and using power tools -- children missing limbs got to swap their bulky prosthetics for superhero cyborg arms they created themselves. “We'd like these kids to begin to solve their own problems and create their own solutions, recognizing that they have options beyond what is available on the market,” Kate Ganim, KidMob’s co-director, told The Huffington Post. “Also, we'd love for the kids to see themselves as super-abled rather than disabled.” The five-day workshop started out with a little improve to help the kids feel comfortable with their ideas, get the creative juices flowing and come up with their own “super power.” Then a few skill-building activities like 3D printing and scanning, plaster casting and sewing are taught. And, on the last day, the children presented their prototypes to an audience of 40-plus adults.
But how exactly are the arms built...?
“That's what the kids are there to figure out!” said Ganim.