Students win competition building bionic arm

Kristin Thorne reports
December 17, 2013 3:37:53 PM PST
There was a call that went out across the east to help build a bionic man.

A group of students from Nassau County rose to the challenge.

Its possibilities are endless, and so are the opportunities for these incredibly bright students from Island Trees High School.

Their robotic arm has won them the top prize in a regional competition sponsored by the Smithsonian Channel.

"I was shocked, but with all the work we did it seemed well deserved," said Marc Lubniewski, a student.

The challenge was to make an artificial body part from household items.

"We heard how hard it was to make an arm, so we said, 'Let's make an arm,'" said Andrew Sass, a teacher, "This is the actual computer where the code is running."

"We didn't have a lot of materials and we came be to what we have now," said Ben Wiener, a student.

They had to submit a video explaining how it works.

"We had some deadlines, but we got it in," a student said.

'We put in work every day after school until 8 p.m.," another student said.

Last week, they went to the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. for the awards ceremony.

The students were awarded $5,000 in college scholarships which of course they'll split between them.