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Wed 28 Nov 2018

5th Grade Students Build Prosthetic Hands

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Alison Tennant Public Seen by 244

Hello! My name is Mrs. Alison Tennant, and I’m a fifth grade math teacher. I teach at a socioeconomically disadvantaged school in the small city of Portsmouth, Ohio.
Within the fifth grade, we started a program called The Trojans Give Back Team. The team was formed as a result of students wanting to give back to the community that so often gives generously to them. Others just wanted to get involved and lend their help to those students and other community members in need. This team allows students to help others and give back to the community. All meetings/activities happen during the school day so all students have the opportunity to participate.
Recently my students and I were inspired by a compassionate project from a another school district in my state as my students and I attended the OSBA Student Achievement Fair. For our version of this project we would like to build prosthetic hands for those in need. Our students raised the money to fund our 3D printer. Our need however remains in acquiring supplies necessary for implementing our proposal.

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Alison Tennant started a proposal Wed 28 Nov 2018

5th Grade Students Build Prosthetic Hands Closed Fri 30 Nov 2018

Project Proposal for Prosthetic Hand Kits and Filament
Description of Proposed Project:
Hello! My name is Mrs. Alison Tennant, and I’m a fifth grade math teacher. I teach at a socioeconomically disadvantaged school in the small city of Portsmouth, Ohio.
Within the fifth grade, we started a program called The Trojans Give Back Team. The team was formed as a result of students wanting to give back to the community that so often gives generously to them. Others just wanted to get involved and lend their help to those students and other community members in need. This team allows students to help others and give back to the community. All meetings/activities happen during the school day so all students have the opportunity to participate.
Recently my students and I were inspired by a compassionate project from a another school district in my state as my students and I attended the OSBA Student Achievement Fair. For our version of this project we would like to build prosthetic hands for those in need. Our students raised the money to fund our 3D printer. Our need however remains in acquiring supplies necessary for implementing our proposal.

Expected results/impact:
Throughout the course of a typical school year, I notice many benefits for our student team members. Not only do I expect students to learn teamwork through helping others, they will also reap the benefits of showing kindness and compassion in the selfless act of giving back. Many bonds of lasting friendship will be made giving students who may not otherwise belong, a sense of self-confidence and acceptance. They will develop crucial skills as they prepare to enter jr. high school, such as goal setting, public speaking, and other organizational and leadership skills. Moreover, our students will be changing the lives of every recipient of their heartfelt generosity.
Estimate of work effort involved:
Our goal is to create a minimum of 25 hands by the end of this school year. It will take a minimum of 18 hours for each hand to print. This will be accomplished by allowing the machine to run throughout the evening as well as the school day. After that students will need the remainder of their allotted time to complete each project. The overall conclusion of the project this school year is Wednesday, May 29, 2019.
Estimated timeline for completion:
The estimated goal for completion is Wednesday, May 29, 2019 for this school year, but will continue as long as the need remains in upcoming school years.

Names of individuals responsible for deliverables:
The fifth grade staff of Portsmouth Elementary School will be responsible for deliverables. The staff includes Mrs. Alison Tennant, Mr. Bill Vest, Mrs. Tiffany Newsome, and Miss Kelsey McFarland. This responsibility also extends to the 40 student members of the Trojans Give Back Team.

Amount of funding being requested:
We are respectfully requesting the amount of $956.37 This will completely fund the 25 prosthetic hands at the cost of $25 each and 13 spools of filament at $25.49.

A brief overview of my background with e-NABLE:
This project will be our first experience with e-NABLE.

Agree - 14
Abstain - 3
Disagree - 8
Block - 1
26 people have voted (19%)
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Alison Tennant
Agree
Wed 28 Nov 2018

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Tiffany Newsome
Agree
Wed 28 Nov 2018

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Jen Owen
Disagree
Wed 28 Nov 2018

I love seeing e-NABLE in schools - however we have some filament donations as well as hand kits that can be donated vs using funding. A crowdfunding campaign would also help. Discounts on filament for education can be obtained through 3D Universe. Would rather see the kids learning to design new tools than making generic devices without specific recipients and push their design skills forward and challenge them. Perhaps some of our volunteers can print unassembled hand kits for the class.

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Thierry Oquidam
Disagree
Wed 28 Nov 2018

All the non-printed elements are easy to find and should be sourced locally for only a few $ instead of buying expensive kits, and good chances are you can find them from within the school.
You don't need 13 spools to print 25 hands, you need six plus maybe a couple to allow for a few fails.

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Thanos Mitzifiris
Agree
Wed 28 Nov 2018

In general I agree with the idea of this project at the school. However I also agree with the comments of Thierry and Jen. I think that you can try to have some donations from local market, activating the school community. Maybe it's more realistic to print fewer devices and as Jen said it would be good to have a recipient at the end. So I agree for a smaller amount of funding (about 30-40% of what you are asking for).

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Wayne Munslow
Disagree
Wed 28 Nov 2018

The goal of creating 25 hands is fine in principle, but I think we should be trying to build for requests raised within EWC so that the resulting hands are wanted by someone, and that they are correctly sized and as fit for purpose as possible

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Ellen Landau Druda
Agree
Wed 28 Nov 2018

ME

Agree
Wed 28 Nov 2018

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James O. Whitlock
Agree
Wed 28 Nov 2018

PA

Agree
Wed 28 Nov 2018

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Jon Schull
Abstain
Wed 28 Nov 2018

I found this nice article about your project. https://www.communitycommon.com/news/5358/great-little-workers-give-back-again I'd like to support this but I do think that focussing on volume (25) is a mistake. We don't actually have a shortage of hands. I'd suggest you start by making a few good hands for practice, and then seek a recipient to work with through EWC or by reaching out to the community. If you need supplies or support for following through on a plan like that, I'd be all in!

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Tiffany Newsome
Agree
Wed 28 Nov 2018

JO

Agree
Wed 28 Nov 2018

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APRIL CLEMMONS
Agree
Wed 28 Nov 2018

KE

Agree
Wed 28 Nov 2018

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Peter Byron
Disagree
Wed 28 Nov 2018

There are volunteers all over the country that as far as I know would be happy to print devices and know they are being used in a classroom. I suspect with a little notice, organization and few well placed calls for assistance most of the printing could be done for free. Just my thoughts.

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Sandra Dermisek
Disagree
Thu 29 Nov 2018

I agree with Jen and Thierry. I don't think these funds should be used for materials to build the known designs. I think the funds should be used f.e. for the Development of new designs with new capabilities or effort to organise this community better.

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Agree
Fri 30 Nov 2018

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Agree
Fri 30 Nov 2018

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[deactivated account]
Abstain
Fri 30 Nov 2018

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Richard VanderMey
Agree
Fri 30 Nov 2018

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Richard VanderMey
Abstain
Fri 30 Nov 2018

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Ian Lewis
Disagree
Fri 30 Nov 2018

eNABLE hands work out, including all parts and materials, at around £12 so say $15. So the money is way too much. But do they actually have 25 recipients for these hands? Making them for makings sake is, realistically, a waste of plastic, time and materials. I would be more inclined to agree if; 1. the costing was more realistic and 2. if they researched a list of recipients for these hands and did the preparatory work to scale them appropriately. Sorry

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Jordan Kamer
Disagree
Fri 30 Nov 2018

As public school teachers, we have access to donorschoose.org for all of our funding needs. If you copy and paste this proposal and create a project following the guidelines of DonorsChoose, you will get it funded! Look me up on Facebook and ask me for more info if you would like and I'll help you create a project or look me up on DonorsChoose. This is how I have funded all of my e-NABLE projects with my students :)I haven't received a penny of funding from the school. It's either my own $ or DC

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Agree
Fri 30 Nov 2018

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B. Allen
Agree
Fri 30 Nov 2018

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Jon Schull
Block
Fri 30 Nov 2018

After discussion in today's SPC meeting, I'm changing my vote to "Block" until we resolve the "invited users" issue.

(we are getting multiple votes from "Invited users" from the school.) This is a loophole in the Loomio configuration and we want to address it asap.

We will invalidate inappropriate votes, but I'll point out that an intrinsic collective regulatory mechanism is also available: Vote Disagree or Block. The poll closes in 9 hours.

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Jeremy Simon
Disagree
Fri 30 Nov 2018

Having reviewed other responses, I'm going to have to disagree with this one. It does seem that something like donorschoose.org would be a better path for raising these kinds of funds. And as Jon pointed out, we need to sort out the loophole with voting. The intention of this program is for e-NABLE volunteers to be the ones voting on how these funds get allocated. It's not clear whether the people being invited to vote on this proposal are active e-NABLE volunteers.

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Patrick
Abstain
Fri 30 Nov 2018

I believe this is more of a supply request. Regardless of if this passes, please keep in contact with myself as there are multiple other portals to achieve the same result you are requesting here. I believe Loomio is more of a "we are building a design, we request funding for the new project" vs a "supplies request". As you are in need due to the economic need of your area, I can still help you find ALTERNATIVE funding sources, and will even contribute personally. We will find a solution.

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Jacquin Buchanan
Agree
Fri 30 Nov 2018

I agree with this proposal. I will respectfully disagree with my wonderful colleagues. I think what this project is about is creating a STEM project, which has some meaning to it, for these students. It is not really about supplying hands to the community. There is a plethora of available e-nable hands. There is not a plethora of meaningful STEM projects in schools. I have coached several school STEM programs, based on e-nable. None of them produced a "usable" print. But lots of inspiration

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[deactivated account]
Abstain
Fri 30 Nov 2018

TG.

tkrick@ glockner .com Wed 28 Nov 2018

Agree

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Jen Owen Wed 28 Nov 2018

I have 5 volunteers who are willing and happy to ship unassembled hand kits right to your classroom. Perhaps you could crowd fund for a few rolls of filament and then have the kids assemble the donated hand kits (printed parts) so they can make the hands and then from there get certified as makers and find a recipient on Enable Web Central to make a device for where the kids have to actually do the math and design work to make it the right size for a real person. :) The filament could be used for printing the design for the recipient on the wait listand for earning your approval badge.

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Jacquin Buchanan Fri 30 Nov 2018

Where is the online form to ask for this donated filament or kits for schools? I would have used it. Most schools I am around now can likely self fund filament. But, having worked at a title 1 school in Washington D.C. in the past. In those schools, every dime counts.

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Jen Owen Fri 30 Nov 2018

Due to this funding request and emails from other teachers and students who want to make hands but need kits, i asked for volunteers to help make the kits and now have some ready and waiting to send to teachers in need.

Maria has rolls of donated filament through the living classroom she created at suny poly.

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Alison Tennant Sat 1 Dec 2018

I am interested in the kits that are already made. How do I go about getting them?

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Jen Owen Sat 1 Dec 2018

Alison - please email me at jen.owen.enablevolunteer@gmail.com - and I can connect you with makers who are happy to print for you and ship to you directly.

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Wayne Munslow Thu 29 Nov 2018

I haven't notices as many "invited users" voting on these proposals before... how does it work?

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Sandra Dermisek Thu 29 Nov 2018

That was my thought aswell.

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James O. Whitlock Thu 29 Nov 2018

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Alison Tennant Thu 29 Nov 2018

I appreciate all the feedback. Unfortunately, rather than enrichment activities beyond the state curriculum, our community support comes from helping students meet their basic needs such as food and clothing. The local businesses, churches, and other organizations do so much for our students already.. Often such enrichment activities as this, are not funded because it is not a necessity. We felt that this project would give students something to be proud of, a way to feel empowered, like they are truly doing something bigger than themselves. We are a Title 1 school. We do not have the technology available that most school districts have. We are not one-to-one with chromebooks or ipads. This project is not designed only to help the needs of people without out hands but to help my students as well.

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Jen Owen Thu 29 Nov 2018

Alison, I have some volunteers who can print some unassembled hand kits for your class and save $ on filament. I have some donated hand assembly kits through 3D universe that can be donated for your classroom as well and we may have some filament donations. I would suggest having your students work in groups and assemble the donated hand kits first to give them a test run to show them what they can make with the 3D printer. Instead of making more hands that do not have actual recipients after those first kits are put together, Id suggest having your students reach out to local Retirement centers who have folks who have suffered a stroke or have severe arthritis or other different-abilities that the students could design tools for right there in their own local area. They would get to work one on one with the recipient of whatever it is (Maybe the older folks can't pick up bingo chips so your students design some with finger loops that can be 3D printed? etc) - they get to learn about 3D printing, design for helping others and get to make a difference in the lives of actual people they can see the joy in their faces on or maybe use the printer and some donated filament to make a hand for an actual recipient from e-NABLE Web central.

I'd really love to see your students inspired to do great things and feel a sense of accomplishment and that they got to help someone - but I think it would be best if they worked in teams with some donated hand kits first before committing to making 25 3D printed hands that have no specific recipient and may just end up sitting in a box in a clinic somewhere because it doesn't fit anyone in particular.

If you would like to have some hand kits donated and shipped to your class - please email me and I will connect you with the volunteers who would like to send them to you for free - fully printed but unassembled and ready for your students to build.

jen.owen.enablevolunteer@gmail.com

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Alison Tennant Fri 30 Nov 2018

I am not sure why I was offered a link to invite people to vote it is frowned upon. Also, I regularly use donorschoose.org so I am aware of how to use it. I have been successful in having many projects funded through that organization. I was specifically told to go about funding for this project the way I did it by someone who does it this way regularly. I do not feel at this time my students are ready to "design" their own project as many have suggested. I am sorry so many people are upset. My intentions were genuine as I truly wanted to help my students as well as those in need. Please know my heart was in the right place, and I was given the option to invite people to vote.

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Jon Schull Fri 30 Nov 2018

Thanks for your speedy reply. Please be of good cheer.

I have changed the configuration. I thought "invite to vote" meant invite existing Loomio members to vote. But thanks to you, I discovered that all the doors and windows were open. The new configuration is shown in the attached image.

Not counting "Invited Users" from Portsmouth, there are currently 5 Agrees, out of 14 apparently valid votes. The poll closes in 9 hours. I'm changing my vote from Block to Disagree, because I am persuaded by the other Disagreers. Assuming this proposal does not pass, please feel free to submit another. Suggestions on improving our process are welcome as well.

I look forward to hearing more about the Trojans and their future work with e-NABLE and perhaps adding them to the Chapters Map.

Feel free to call me or email me personally.. jschull@e-nable.org,

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Barry Maxwell Wed 19 Dec 2018

I’ll provide hand kits using donated filament.