10-Year-Old Girl Built Her Own Prosthetic Arm That Shoots Glitter

What’s ten times cooler than a regular arm? One that shoots out glitter.

That’s what 10-year-old Jordan Reeves designed as part of the Superhero Cyborgs 2.0 workshop in San Francisco. Reeves was born without her left forearm, and while she normally uses a regular prosthetic, she got the chance to build her dream arm at the workshop, which invites kids with upper limb differences to “create their own superpowers” and work with a 3-D designer to make a wearable device.

Reeves said was thrilled to be able to join the workshop.

“I was like, ‘Wow, I can’t believe I’m actually doing this,’ ” she told Fast Company.

And when it came to designing her ideal arm, Reeves went straight for the glitter.

“I was thinking it could have unlimited sparkles. That would be really cool,” she said in a video from the workshop.

Along with her design partner, Sam Hobish, Reeves developed a prototype, which she calls Project Unicorn, but the arm’s ability to shoot out glitter was hit or miss. The sparkles “just kinda spill out,” Reeves said to Fast Company.

Her mom, Jen, added that the glitter feature is a bit impractical and pretty messy, “but who cares?” she said. “It’s fun and it’s exciting and it’s a really cool way to empower kids.”

Since the workshop wrapped up its first session in January, Hobish and Jordan talk on Google Hangout almost every week to work on a final version. Hobish will present it in June when the workshop reconvenes (Jordan, unfortunately, will have to miss it while she’s back at summer camp).

“I’ve been talking to my colleagues in electronics and materials development about ways we can create some kind of pressurized system that shoots out sparkles more effectively,” Hobish said.

Jen regularly blogs about Jordan, and in a video update Tuesday, Jordan showed off four new designs, including their frontrunner, which will allow her to hold bags, carry her phone – and yes, shoot glitter.

“And it will like, explode, hopefully!” she said.

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