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PHOTO: Prairie Queen club tests wheel system for injured tortoise

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Prairie Queen club tests wheel system for injured tortoise-p1

On April 28, students in the Prairie Queen Elementary 3-D Printing Club were able to see their prototypes in action during another visit from Kip Smith (left foreground), director of education at Wildlife Encounters in Gretna, and Shelly, a red-footed tortoise. Shelly came to the exotic animal program with five eggs trapped inside of her, causing mobility problems. The 3-D club has been working to create a specialized cart that will allow Shelly to move and strengthen her legs. Club sponsors Stacey Muller (top left) and Laura Smith (in red, left) helped attach wheels to the prototype to determine how the platform fits the tortoise, and what size wheels work best. Students talked through what adjustments to make in the final design. A final fitting with the tortoise is planned for Thursday, May 12.

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