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Waterloo student wins international recognition for “gripper” product to help those who struggle to hold a pencil

A Waterloo student has won an international award for her invention that helps people who have difficulty gripping a pencil.


Spectrum News reports Abigail Baxter’s “Gripper” placed in the top four of the “Best Inspirational Story” and “Best Showcase of Iterative Design” categories in the “International Make Able Challenge,” which included submissions from over 17,000 students across more than 70 countries. She says the idea came out of her own struggles to grip and hold a pencil. Baxter was in Casey Cowell’s computer-aided design class at Waterloo High when he challenged his students to use Auto Desk software and a 3-D printer to improve the day to day life of someone with mobility problems.

The Gripper comes in different sizes and shapes. Baxter says a number of teachers have placed orders for the product.

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