Southside Virginia Community College instructors, Clint Johnson (left) and Ronnie Cole (right), received the 2013-2014 Virginia Career and Technical Education Creating Excellence Award for CTE Postsecondary Programs on June 12 during a luncheon held at the Richmond Doubletree by Hilton Hotel. Johnson and Cole received the award for their work on the "Integrated Robohand Project". The instructors winning nomination was determined by a competitive review conducted by recognized CTE professionals from business, industry and education.
The "Integrated Robohand Project" was a collaboration between SVCC's High Performance Technology and Industrial Design and Development programs. The groups completed a real-world design to provide a prosthetic hand for instructor Ronnie Cole's daughter, Abby, who was born without fingers on her left hand. Dual-enrollment students from Halifax County High School were eager to create the prosthetic hand for Abby. Employing mathematics, teamwork, design, and production, and applying STEM concepts, the students imagined, designed, redesigned, refined, and made the functional prosthetic hand using the MakerBot 3D printer.