13-year-old scientist, Simon-Peter Frimpong, presented his robotic project to US president, Barack Obama, on Wednesday.
Simon-Peter, a Ghanaian-American 8th-grader from Aurora, Colorado, was one of over 100 top science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) students from across the USA who were invited to the 2016 White House Science Fair and got to meet President Obama.
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.
Simon-Peter and two of his schoolmates from Horizon Middle School, Maya Max-Villard, 13, and Grayson Fast, 14, showcased 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.
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 13-year-old scientist was also selected as finalists in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow national competition.