Hand In Hand
Meet our Recipient
After many months of delays due to the COVID -19 Pandemic, we are pleased to announce that the motorized open wheelchair built by a team of students with an awesome instructor, Mr. Johnson is complete and delivered to Easton and his parents Mr. & Mrs. Jordan. Mrs. Jordan learned about the WNY STEM Hub's Open Wheelchair Project powered by AT&T from Mr. Marty Gregoire at Footsteps of WNY.
Easton will receive a bonus open wheelchair for the beach as thanks for his family's commitment and patience through the building process. Mrs. Jordan traveled with Easton to meet the students on several occasions and joined our virtual meetings to stay in touch. Many thanks to Garman Family Foundation (sponsor), Health Sciences Charter School (Awesome Host), Buffalo Urban League Afterschool Advantage program,(student participants), all volunteers, especially Ms. Haley Chizuk, MS, ATC, UB Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, and the parents of the amazing students who persisted despite the many setbacks to make our final build day and product a reality.
Math and Science
Call (716) - 829- 9035 for more information!
WNY STEM Hub, with support from Siemens, is proud to bring the International Chief Science Officer program to schools and students in Western New York. Chief Science Officers (CSOs) are elected by their peers to be a liaison for STEM in
their schools and in the community. This unique program promotes student leadership, empowerment and innovation skills under the direction of a school advisor and community mentors.
How It Works
As many as two students are elected in each participating middle school and high school every spring. These students attend a summer Leadership Training Institute where they prepare to build student communication platforms, engage peers and design at least one service learning project using STEM skills to benefit their school or community.
During the school year, CSOs have regular Cabinet Meetings to continue their development and to create opportunities for STEM engagement within their school. Mentors from STEM-related professions guide the CSOs in their learning and provide valuable insight and direction.
For questions about this program please contact Ms. Simone Ragland at email@example.com.
Girls Coding Project
Hand in Hand: Open Wheelchair Project
Hand In Hand
We are pleased to announce the expansion of WNY STEM Hub's signature program "Hand in Hand" due to the generous funding from AT&T Foundation, and the Garman Family Foundation.
"Hand in Hand" A social action program in which students learn to design in CAD programming, practice the engineering design process, 3D print to fabricate and produce personalized functional prosthetic hands/devices.
The expansion element to this impactful program is building Open Wheelchairs for children in need.
3D Printing Maker Lab –
PUT YOUR HAND IN STEM
Every Thursday at 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
October 8 – 29, 2020
This program will take place virtually. Are you interested in 3D Printing; producing a project from beginning to completion; learn about coding and Micro:bits? Then this program is for you. The program is available to all students in grades 5-9. A minimum number of 10 students is needed to begin this class.
We are providing a step by step experience that will challenge the students to design in a CAD Program, problem solve, think critically, expand and improve their digital skills. They will wrap up Part 1 of this series with the basic understanding and application of 3D printing skills. We will continue with Part 2 (intermediate) and 3 (advanced) and learn why learning 3D printing is important for their future career choices. If interested, please complete the registration form below.
GIRLS CODING "REBOOT"
The Girls Coding Project will continue this fall September 29 - October 27, 2020 with a virtual program for students in grades 5-12. The program will take place each Tuesday from September 29th through October 20 from 6:00 pm to 7:15 pm. Learn Scratch; an App Lab and much more! There will be something for all skill levels!
Beginning Level for grades 5 – 8
Intermediate Level for grades 9 – 10
Advanced Level for grades 10 – 12 (Previous participants)
Hand In Hand
WNY STEM Hub Signature Program:
Hand in Hand 2020, Powered by AT&T!
In its 4th year, and despite the challenges, WNY STEM Hub’s staff made the necessary adjustments to provide a high quality and transforming hands-on learning experience. Local students learned how to design and fabricate 3D printed prosthetic hands (assistive devices), hand anatomy, disability awareness, problem-solving, digital technology and coding with a pocket size computer Micro:Bit.
An expansion of WNY STEM Hub’s signature program Hand in Hand, due to the generous funding from AT&T, and the Garman Family Foundation included an expansion of producing an Open Wheelchair for youth in Western New York. Students will have an opportunity to expand on this program in the Fall of 2020.
The students also had the opportunity to design, 3D print and donate PPE for staff, patients and their family members at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center (RPCCC). Shirley Johnson, Senior Vice President and Chief Clinical Operations Officer of RPCCC set aside time in her schedule to meet with our students, she told the students about how and when she knew nursing was the career for her and she also connected the importance of 3D printing to the field of medicine. The students and instructors were honored to present their designed mask extenders to Ms. Johnson and Dr. Richard Hershberger, Chief Academic Officer of RPCCC. The students also learned how to make 3D printed face shields for use during the Hand in Hand Program.
Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples Stokes on the importance of doing good for others
Ms. Jill Johnson on adaptive needs for wheelchair users
Mr. Nate Ramsey on prosthetic and adaptive devices, ideas for future adaptations
Dr. Jan Tona on the Occupational Therapy field and disabilities
Mr. Scott Read on a new classroom prosthetic hand that students can program and explore
Ms. Haley Chizuk on the anatomy of the hand and arm
Mr. Eric Paccione and Alyssabeth Czajkowski from UB e-Nable on the work their organization is doing in this field. e-Nable created the first 3D printable prosthetic hand and shares their designs and code for bioelectric limbs
Hand in Hand is designed to support the technical, medical, leadership, service-learning skills, and disability awareness in participating students. This is a social action program in which students will use computers, engineering design process, and 3D printers to fabricate and produce personalized functional prosthetic hands and devices.
If you have any questions about WNY STEM Hub’s Hand in Hand program, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call: 716-829-9035
Thank you to our Hand in Hand Program 2020 Sponsors:
The Garman Family Foundation
Administered by the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo
A big shout out to Buffalo Resilience for their support of WNY STEM Hub’s Hand in Hand Program 2020, powered by AT&T. Buffalo Resilience and their team of volunteers helped Hand in Hand this year by sewing masks for our students and staff. We’re grateful for your support and appreciate your organization helping the Buffalo community. We thank you!