Limbitless Solutions Welcomes First Class of Scholars in New Program
The start of the New Year typically leads to new beginnings and for University of Central Florida’s (UCF) Limbitless Solutions, it marks the inauguration of the first class in the Limbitless Scholars Program. The Limbitless Scholars Program provides students a proving ground for their academics and an opportunity to be mentored in developing their applied skills, all while gaining collaborative experience in supporting the delivering of art-infused bionics to children with limb differences.
This semester Limbitless welcomes its largest team of students yet, with 19 Scholars from a diverse range of majors, from engineering to public relations. With the new class on board, the full team is now comprised of 30 undergraduate students and a handful of full-time staff.
“We are thrilled to launch our new Scholars Program to provide meaningful project-based learning and support student professional development,” said president and co-founder of Limbitless Solutions Albert Manero. “With this program, we hope to empower others and support the creation of an on-campus culture of inclusive design and storytelling.”
The Limbitless Scholars Program takes place at the Limbitless Lab on campus and offers the selected students approximately 15 hours of work each week. In addition to working alongside the professional staff, scholars regularly collaborate with lab student assistants in their day-to-day work. The program curriculum includes learning-driven projects that focus on professional development with multiple different workshops throughout the semester.
Scholars are tasked with working both individually and in teams to empower confidence in and increase accessibility for Limbitless’ Bionic Kids with the use of art-infused bionics. The team aspect of the program allows for a cross-curricular experience, bringing students with diverse backgrounds all together in one room. The members of the Scholars Program will make a difference not only within the UCF community, but worldwide, as Limbitless’ empowering story has continued to expand around the globe.
Students within the program have the opportunity hands-on assistance with a number of programs and initiatives, including the upcoming Limbitless Clinical Trial with Oregon Health & Science University, which will mark the first 3D-printed prosthetics trial for children in the United States. Scholars will also be working to support “The Bionic Kid” Comics series and a hands-free wheelchair project that assists with limited or no hand dexterity, known as Project Xavier.
Specifically, scholars who are members of UCF’s School of Visual Arts & Design will work in game design where they will work alongside UCF professors to create an immersive video game experience and an app that stars a female engineer with limb difference.The scholars will also collaborate on refreshing current games to match the current arm designs that allows Limbitless’ Bionic Kids to adapt to their new 3D-printed arms.
“I’m excited to gain experience in production this semester and know the skills I learn working at Limbitless will prepare me for a career in film productions in the future,” Ryan Mayers, a first-year film student and Limbitless Scholar, said. “My goal is to work my way into the film industry, and I hope Limbitless can help me reach that goal. I’m honored to join and work alongside the Limbitless team and look forward to supporting their goal of empowering children and challenging the status quo.”
For more information on Limbitless Solutions, visit https://limbitless-solutions.org/