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New for 2018 - The e-NABLE Alliance has designated FRC 1511 Rolling Thunder to be its central point of contact for any FIRST or FIRST Global team that wants to become involved with e-NABLE 

E-NABLE is a growing group of over 8000 members who have come together from all over the World to help create and design 3D Printed assistive hand devices for those in need.

We are engineers, artists, makers, students, parents, occupational therapists, prosthetists, garage tinkerers, designers, teachers, creatives, philanthropists, writers and many others – who are devoting our “Free time” to the creation of open source designs for mechanical hand assistive devices that can be downloaded and 3D printed for less than $50 in materials.

Our designs are open source – so that anyone, anywhere – can download and create these hands for people who may need them and so that others can take these designs and improve upon them and once again share with the World in a “Pay it Forward” type of way.


Jen Owen is the owner, founder and primary writer of enablingthefuture.org. She has been a volunteer and participant in the field of open-source, 3D printed prosthetic hands for the past 5 years. Along the way, she has sought to highlight and document stories from the e‑NABLE Community of volunteers and to maintain an information resource for people interested in learning more about the history, design & fabrication of these devices through this website.
Ivan Owen is the original creator of the large metal puppet hand that led to him becoming the co-designer of the world’s first 3D printed mechanical hand. Instead of patenting his design, Ivan released it to the world with an open source license, and in doing so, paved the way for the creation of the e‑NABLE volunteer community. He continues to innovate and shares the e‑NABLE story as a global speaker.
In December of 2012, Liam, a young boy from South Africa, was the first child in the world to receive a 3D Printed mechanical hand. Because of his determination to “not give up” while using prototypes of the first designs, he helped to inspire the creation of the e‑NABLE Community. Because of Liam’s resilience, a global community of volunteers, creating thousands of free devices worldwide for other children like Liam, has grown into the incredible movement we now call e‑NABLE.
Maria has been an active e‑NABLE Volunteer and leader since 2014. She created the first “assembly line” model for the e‑NABLE “Hand-a-thon” team building events, brought the e‑NABLE project to scout troops around the world and is the founder of APBLS – Alliance for Project Based Learning Solutions or what we like to call “e‑NABLE Alliance,” a 501c3 non profit, which focuses on using e‑NABLE in STEM Based service learning projects and creating curriculum for research and testing on e‑NABLE 3D printed devices.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was suggested to 1511 to 3d print hands by the father of an team alumni.  He had been exposed to it at RIT and thought it would be a great fit for our team.  He was not wrong.  We began printing hands in February of 2014 and to date have printed over 50 hands.  This may not sound like a lot but we quickly expanded our project to include other facets.  Since we began printing we have become a local e-Nable chapter, presented two conferences at FIRST Championships in St. Louis and Detroit, we have presented twice at e-Nablecon in Baltimore, we have produced a video on advocacy for The e-NABLE Alliance, and continue to reinvent ourselves to keep in line with The e-NABLE Alliance's goals.

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1504/15/2020
Cobbles Science Night
5:45 pm - 8:30 pm
On behalf of the Penfield Cobbles PTA Science Night Committee, I would like to invite you to join us on April 15, 2020 from 6:30 - 8:00 pm at Cobbles Elementary School for our annual PTA Science Night. Every year, the Cobbles PTA hosts this family event designed to expose students grades K-5 and their families to STEM topics though various hands on activities and demonstrations. We set up stations around the school and encourage community groups and businesses to join us. It provides students the chance to explore their curiosity and also gives you an opportunity to promote your programs to families in the area. We love having the Robotics team come every year, it is always a huge attraction for the students. Last year we had you in the band room, which we will try to do again this year. Please let me know if you have other space requests. We look forward to hearing back from you. Thank you so much!
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