A 13-year-old Ghanaian-American future scientist, Simon-Peter Frimpong, will meet US President Barack Obama on Wednesday.
Simon-Peter, an 8th-grader from Aurora, Colorado, is one of over 100 top science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) students from across the USA who have been invited to the 2016 White House Science Fair, scheduled for Wednesday, April 13th, according to a report on the White House website.
The fair is a hands-on showcase of student innovation – robots, prototypes, tools to help fight cancer and climate change – all researched, designed and built by young American scientists.
And Simon-Peter and two of his schoolmates from Horizon Middle School, Maya Max-Villard, 13, and Grayson Fast, 14, will be showcasing a new artificial leg they designed and built using computer design and 3-D printing of prototypes.
The innovation is said to have been inspired by a US Army veteran they met who needed a more comfortable and functional prosthetic limb.
The three teenagers set to work and came up with the artificial leg that now allows the amputee to hike, manage uneven terrain and even skateboard.
According to a subsequent report by ghanaweb.com, the part designed by Simon-Peter is said to be what makes the prosthesis unique.
His STEM teacher, Ms. Mel Possehl, was quoted as saying, “…with the design [Simon Frimpong] made, the bottom comes off. So you have a walking part, then you have a part that hooks onto a longboard or a snowboard, then you have a part that hooks onto skis, and then a part that can do multiple things. It’s a multiple-use prototype.”
The innovation is said to be so compelling that Simon-Peter and his partners were also selected as finalists in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow national competition.