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HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo. -- A Highlands Ranch 6-year-old has a new robotic hand, thanks to a trio of students in Kent Allison's Science and Technology class at Mountain Vista High School.

"Mr. Allison asked us if we wanted to work on a project which would help a youngster who needed a 'helping hand,'" Mountain Vista student Christopher Aretakis said. "Me, Nathan and Sean all decided to jump on board."

The students learned a robotic hand was the project and went all in.

"We worked all semester on the project," fellow student Nathan Mortimer said. "Using our science class 3-D printer, we were able to develop a robotic hand, which will help Ethan Martin adapt in his daily activities."

Martin was born with a birth defect that left him without a left hand. Having tried several prosthetic hands, which didn't work well, the three Mountain Vista students were able to provide help Ethan live a two-handed life.

Than's parents, Julie and Brendan Martin, say this new hand -- featuring Iron Man colors -- will help their son live a more normal life.

"The first thing I want to do is ride my bike," Ethan said.

When we followed him home, that is just what he did.  Riding one-handed was very tough for the youngster, who now has a chance to be a bit of a superhero on his block.

What's next? Ethan says he wants to play baseball this summer.

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2 comments

  • annpirie

    I love this story. You could never have too many colors, could you. Good going guys who devoted their project to helping this kid be proud of his hand.

  • Anonymous

    Seriously great story, but there are so many typing errors in this article! Um…job opening!? (;

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