Collaboration and technology make dream a reality for NISD 5th grader

When Northside legends collaborate, they can make dreams comes true. Just ask Villarreal ES fifth-grader Kevin Vazquez.

Vazquez has loved music his entire life but was born without a left hand which has limited his ability to play certain musical instruments.

Thanks to a special device and the passion of music teacher Mary-Ellen Fimbel, campus Librarian Sandra Welzenbach and her husband, and the creative and techno-prowess of Grants Coordinator Kyle Baker, Vazquez is now able to join other violin students in his campus strings program.

The device is strips of thermal plastic produced by a 3D-printer connected to other materials that hold a bow and wrap around the nub of Vazquez’s arm.

It gives him the ability, for the first time, to maneuver the bow against a violin’s strings.

The effort took more than 150 combined volunteer hours, and the final result was overwhelming to all those who witnessed as the 11-year-old played his first notes using the brand new device, including his mother.

Click here to learn how a device created by a 3D printer is helping this student make beautiful music for the first time.