Photo Story

For my final photography project I had to tell a story using my photojournalism skills. I chose to do my story on a high school teacher that helps bring charitable work into the classroom using 3D printing.

Jen Owen, of Bellingham Wash., shows the open source prosthetic hand design, the E-Nable hand that her husband invented in Downtown Bellingham on Wednesday Feb. 23, 2015. “There aren’t really prosthetics made for kids that are affordable,” said Owen. “Prosthetic hands cost around $8,000 which isn’t affordable for parents with kids who need it.” Owen is one of the founders of the non-profit organization, Enabling the Future, which provides affordable prosthetic hands to children across the world. Nicole Shapiro / Journalism 305

Paul Clement, of Des Moines Wash., talks about the 3D printing process and bringing charitable work into the classroom at Bellingham High School on Monday March 2, 2015. “My students came in for two days over a weekend to print and ship the hand,” Clement said. “Those kids were fully invested in what they were doing, you can’t ask for anything more as a teacher,” said Clement. Nicole Shapiro / Journalism 305

Paul Clement, of Des Moines Wash., talks about the 3D printing process and bringing charitable work into the classroom at Bellingham High School on Monday March 2, 2015. “My students came in for two days over a weekend to print and ship the hand,” Clement said. “Those kids were fully invested in what they were doing, you can’t ask for anything more as a teacher,” said Clement. Nicole Shapiro / Journalism 305

Paul Clement, of Des Moines Wash., shows the digital design with the finished part and explains the process of 3D printing at Bellingham High School on Monday March 2, 2015. The virtual design is made in a Computer Aided Design file, which is then sent to the 3D printer to create the physical object according to Clement. Nicole Shapiro / Journalism 305

Ian Roth, of Bellingham Wash., prepares the 3D printer to print his project at Bellingham High School on Monday March 2, 2015. Roth hopes to make a 3D printer out of 3D printed parts. “[My students] pick it up so quickly,” said Paul Clement, Roth’s teacher. “They’re as good at it as I am,” Clement said. Nicole Shapiro / Journalism 305

Bellingham High School’s 3D printer prints parts for student projects at Bellingham High School on Monday, March 2, 2015. The virtual design of object is created on the computer and then the digital file is sent to the 3D printer, which then lays down successive layers of plastic until the object is created. Bellingham High School got their first 3D printer 3 years ago and the classes started printing prosthetic hands a few months ago. Nicole Shapiro / Journalism 305

Paul Clement, of Des Moines Wash., talks about the importance of the 3D printed prosthetic hand that he and his students created at Bellingham High School on Monday, March 2, 2015. “It’s something that has changed people’s lives,” Clement said. Nicole Shapiro / Journalism 305

I had a ton of fun working on this story. It’s great to be able to work on something you are really passionate about. After talking with Clement and Owen I hope to maybe get involved with the organization in the future. Possibly try my hand at 3D printing someday. I think the hardest part for me was editing my pictures down to make for a cohesive story. There were lots of pictures that I had that were somewhat related and added a different dimension to the story, but sadly I couldn't include them all. The following two pictures I didn't include in my final photo story project but I thought added some depth to the story.

Keanan Albrecht, of Bellingham Wash., shows off his curved box design at Bellingham High School on Monday March 2, 2015. “I see 3D printing as art meets math and science,” Albrecht said. “Like functional art.” Albrecht’s project was the first object printed from the school’s 3D printer and has become a required project for engineering technology students at Bellingham High School. Nicole Shapiro / Journalism 305

Paul Clement, 50, of Des Moines Wash., shows the December 1989 issue of a National Geographic article he was published in and talks about the importance of the class he teaches at Bellingham High School on Monday March 2, 2015. Clement and his friend built a floating hot tub with just a high school education, which is why he believes that teaching high school is incredibly important work. “I love working with these guys,” said Clement, “and I want them to build a hot tub.” Nicole Shapiro / Journalism 305

This marks the end of my photojournalism projects! I hope to continue posting though in the future.

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