In 2019, a Texas middle school student with a limb difference had dreams of playing the cello in the orchestra. She shared her wishes with teachers at Austin Middle School, and without having a tangible solution, they promised they’d find a way.

After exploring various options, the teachers eventually found their answer: Nimitz High School students could create a prosthetic arm using 3D printers. The high school had recently secured a 3D printer, and while the technology was new for all involved, teachers decided to make the endeavor a learning moment by including students in the design process.

That singular act inspired Irving Independent School District (ISD) to think bigger. Since then, students at Austin Middle School have designed and 3D printed various assistive devices for students with disabilities, all of which were created using its Verizon Innovative Learning Lab.

Learn more in this Verizon story.