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Empowering Global Mobility: Desert View High Students Craft Prosthetic Limbs for Underserved Communities

Nov 27, 2023 |

Desert View High School students in Tucson, Arizona, are using their drafting and precision manufacturing classes to create prosthetic legs for amputees in developing countries. The program, initiated to teach drafting, evolved after the teacher, Cesar Gutierrez, learned about digitally-printed prosthetic limbs at a conference. The students, who initially started making individual prosthetic leg parts, now design and manufacture complete prosthetic legs. Grants, JTED funds, and contributions from the school district fund the program. The prosthetic legs are distributed internationally through the SKY Youth organization’s Life Changer Prosthetics program. The students had plans to travel to Guatemala for a humanitarian trip, but it was put on hold due to political unrest. 

The Desert View High School prosthetic leg manufacturing program is a rare example of a career and technical education (CTE) class focusing on designing and producing functioning prosthetics. This year, they will be producing 30 prosthetic legs. The students express pride and satisfaction in their work, showcasing the impact of hands-on learning in CTE classes. Gutierrez says, “I am proud of my students. So, so proud of them.”

Read the full story on the Rome News Tribune website.