UF BME students making a difference with children at Hand Camp

Each year campers ranging in ages from toddlers to eighth-grade head to Hand Camp for the annual signature networking event at Camp Crystal Lake in Starke, Florida, for adapted camp activates, networking and support groups and meaningful camaraderie.

Generational Relief in Prosthetics (GRiP), designs and manufactures 3D printed assistive devices for children and adults with upper limb differences all throughout the nation. Students come from every major, from biomedical engineering to art and learn to fabricate the prosthetics.

The camp which was held from March 10-12, 2017, is an event for Hands to Love, which is an organization for children with upper limb differences and their families.

"Attending Hand Camp is always a really rewarding experience because we get to show the children the possibilities available through STEM and we are able to get feedback from the children and their parents which help us design better devices in the future,” said Samantha Haus, GRiP vice president and fourth-year BME student.

GRiP BME student mentors:
Joshua Berko, junior
Patrick Costello, freshman
Margaret Pires-Fernandes, junior
Samantha Haus, senior
Catherine Miney, junior
Bridgette Morgan, senior
Marah Mukhtar, freshman
Jamie Paulus, sophomore
Aaron Raspler, sophomore
Emily Schofield, junior 

GRiP in the news:

UF students demonstrate prosthetic arms for kids
With 3-D printing, UF students give a GRiP to hand camp kids