Nansemond-Suffolk student takes a 3-D printing class on a lark, makes prosthetics to help children
Mike Connors, The Virginian-Pilot
As Allie Wilburn entered her junior year at Nansemond-Suffolk Academy, she wanted to take an anatomy class. Only problem was, it didn’t fit in her schedule. So Allie went searching for other options last summer, and noticed Introduction to Design. A new course last year at the private school, it offered the chance to delve into the use of 3-D printers.
Allie is thinking about a career in neurology. But her father previously worked as an engineer for Norfolk Naval Shipyard, and 3-D printing intrigued her. She signed up for the class. That turned out to be wise. Allie quickly took to the topic, becoming a lab assistant during the school year. This summer, she assisted at a five-week innovation academy for high school students that used 3-D printers to create prosthetic hands for children – an idea Allie began contemplating about a year earlier. To continue reading the article in The Virginian-Pilot, please click here.