Students Help Make Prosthetic Limbs For Landmine Victims

Students at a Queensland high school have posted a very practical care package to landmine victims in developing countries.

The Year 8 class at Mabel Park High near Brisbane assembled a dozen prosthetic hands for amputees in India and south-east Asia.

The low-cost, claw-like devices will make basic tasks like picking up a pen or a toothbrush a little easier.

"I feel really happy that we are making this to help them and that we can possibly change their lives," said student Mahnaz Abdul Hadi.

One of the prosthetic hands. Image: Ten Eyewitness News

With 100 million active landmines in 60 countries, there is one landmine accident every 20 minutes.

Of the 300,000 landmine-related amputees in the world, 20 per-cent are children.

The Helping Hands classroom program is run in partnership with the Origin Foundation and aims to inspire youngsters to pursue an interest in engineering.

"It was great to have STEM professionals come into the classroom and work with students that way," says maths and science teacher Stacey King.

"Students really get an idea of a hands-on application that really helps them to understand what it is to participate in STEM," she says.

The program has already created 14,000 artificial limbs.