Lizard gets new tail, thanks to student and 3-D printer



PORT RICHEY, Fla. (WFLA) – Before the first bell ever rings for class at Chasco Middle School, 11-year-old Teo Gacanica can already be found hard at work in the innovation lab. 

He's part of the school's Innovators Club. 

"We provide electronics, we provide arts and crafts, robotics, so then they can create what they want using the skills they've learned to create projects that are meaningful to them," says teacher Cory Sommers.

Teo loves working with electronics, especially the 3D printer! He's built a lot of neat things with it, but his latest project is quite the tale. Literally.

"I think there was something wrong with it so it got amputated," says Teo. He's talking about his principal's red bearded dragon, Red Red.

Teo is printing a new tail on the 3D printer for Red Red, and it's been quite the challenge!

"We had to keep on doing it until we got the perfect size," he says.

He first builds the design on the computer. Then it's time to print. In the end, he came up with a four-part prototype that will be sent off for the prosthetic to be made. Soon enough, Red Red will be good as new. 

When the 6th grader places the final tail on the dragon he says, "It's gonna feel like oh my gosh, I actually accomplished something that was try and fail and success."
    
Red Red's tail will here before the end of the school year. 
 

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