Students create mock prosthetic hand for new hands-on program

A group of Brooklyn students learned what goes into building a prosthetic hand as part of a new hands-on learning program.
Students at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Academy in Sunset Park spent the day coming up with a way to help someone who needs a prosthetic.
It's part of the Flying Classroom’s STEM Program, which the diocese says it began incorporating into the curriculum at some schools for the first time this year.
Students made mock prosthetic hands using the items in their toolbox, such as popsicle sticks, straws and rubber bands.
Teacher Catherine Aquilino says it offers a more creative style of learning, something she says is much-needed since many of kids were cooped up for so long because of the pandemic.
Last week, the group of students made helicopters. Their next project will be about the topic of animal conservation, and they will build a mock red panda habitat.