FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 24, 2021
STUDENTS TO BUILD PROSTHETIC HANDS AS PART OF BIONIC CHEF INSPIRED LESSON
The students at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Academy, located at 5902-6th Avenue in the Sunset Park section of Brooklyn, will have a chance to construct a prosthetic hand that simulates the movement of fingers tomorrow, Thursday, March 25, 2021, at 10:15 a.m.
The lesson is part of The Flying Classroom STEM supplemental curriculum recently incorporated in schools within the Diocese of Brooklyn. Students will create an adaptive device prototype, from the materials provided by the program, including toothpicks, a ruler, index cards, craft sticks, string, straws, tape, and a pair of scissors.
The students have already been introduced to Captain Barrington Irving’s Bionic Chef Expedition with Eduardo Garcia, who while hiking in Montana, was electrocuted when his knife hit 2400 volts of live power. As a result of the injuries Mr. Garcia suffered, his left arm was amputated and he was then fitted with a five-finger articulated moving hand. In spite of his challenges, Mr. Garcia did not let his injury deter him from his dream of being a professional chef, and has used the prosthesis as part of his skill set.
Kindergarten, First and Second Grade students will be participating in class to complete the project. Captain Irving, the first Black person to pilot a plane around the world solo, and at the time the youngest, is the founder of The Flying Classroom program.
Members of the media are invited to attend and are asked to send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm attendance.