3D Printer Advancements

Progress: the forward onward movement toward a destination.

3D printer!

  3D printer!

3D printers are the new way to make inanimate objects, but what if they could be used for more? Scientists, technologists, and scholars are all trying to find ways to use 3D printers to create medical advancements such as veins and conduits! Guess what? It doesn’t stop there.  These people are hoping to print organs such as hearts! How is this possible you might ask? Harvard Scholars have invented what is known as “bio-ink”. Bio-ink contains living cells and tiny blood vessels. Using this ink, the printer creates the tissues layer by layer to eventually produce organs. Because of the new Bio-ink advancement this dream is not too far off. Amazing right? These organs could be used for transplants instead of using an anonymous donor. Sure, there are some kinks to work out but progress isn’t that far off.

An ear that was printed using a 3D printer

An ear that was printed using a 3D printer

Personally, I think these discoveries are astounding! This could change the medical future in such a huge way! Think of all the lives that can be saved because people wouldn’t have to wait for donors and the organ could possibly be customized to fit the patient’s needs. That makes transplants safer with a smaller possibility of rejection. 6,570 people die per year waiting for an organ. This number could be dramatically reduced. 

Progress is underway and we are moving toward this next medical destination.

Christmas Party!

Our last session was the annual Christmas party. The students had the the opportunity to invite their teachers and principals to see what exactly they do on Saturday mornings. The 6th graders investigated the transferring of bacteria and disease. Most of them compared the experiment to the recent Ebola outbreak. The students had the chance to see just how easily bacteria is spread. They were taught the importance of vaccination and other health measures to prevent themselves and others from getting sick. After their fascinating experiment they joined their parents, teachers, and principals for lunch at the party! It was a great ending to another successful session!

Group photo!

Group photo!

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Students in action!

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Smiles all around! :)

 

First Month of High School

My name is Abigail Gost and I am currently a freshman at Lane Tech. I have just completed my first month of high school. So far I have to say high school is a big adjustment. Going from a class of 14 to a class of over 1,000 is a little overwhelming at times. Even though it can be a little aggravating, I’m trying to soak it all in.
Last week was spirit week. Lane Tech. students have A LOT of pride in their school. On spirit day everyone was dressed from head to toe in the school colors, green and gold. On that day there was a pep rally in the stadium. All of the 4,000+ students were there. It was loud and chaotic but the crowd was definitely excited. In the halls there were people screaming “Seniors! ’15!” or for us it was “Freshman! ’18!” at the tops of their lungs all day. At the homecoming football game, there was a huge line just to get in the stadium! Students, faculty, and people from the community all joined in the festivities to cheer on our beloved team! Lane Tech. won the game and that was a great end to spirit week!
From the academic aspect of high school, I’m doing well. So far my favorite class of the day is either English or World Studies. I learn new things every day! I have at least 2 hours of homework per day so I’m definitely busy. My teachers are all really nice and pay a lot of attention to each individual student.
I signed up for some clubs as well. I signed up for Autism Speaks club, Student Council, Glee club, and Lane Tech Buddies. I am most excited for Lane Tech Buddies because it is a club that’s all about hanging out with the special needs students. We even plan their prom! I am really excited to start all of these clubs!
I feel that this year is a year of opportunities for me. I am so excited to help with the STEM program!