Remember Girl Scouts? Learning basic skills, some survival skills, chatting with the elderly, making s’mores? How about building prosthetics for toddlers so they can write? The Flying Monkeys, a Girl Scout troop in Iowa, have developed (with assistance) a working prosthetic hand for three-year old Danielle (pictured to the left), who was born without fingers on her right hand. She can now write better than she could with human fingers.
The project was inspired by one of the Flying Monkeys (who are aged 11 to 13) who has a limb difference. And along with a prosthetics maker and an occupational therapist, the Scouts’ robotics team came up with the BOB-1 tool, “a design that has a platform strapped to the arm as well as a cylindrical holder for writing implements or other tools.” In other news, the Boy Scouts still think their new robotics badge is “ehhh, pretty cool, I guess.”