On Friday, students will attempt to break the Guinness world record for the longest chain of continuous high-fives in support of creating solutions for children with bionic arms.
The High-Five Chain will be held from noon to 2 p.m. at Memory Mall and is meant to draw attention to the efforts of Limbitless Solutions, a group led by UCF doctoral student Albert Manero, who created a 3D-printed bionic arm for 6-year-old Alex Pring in July. In order to break the high-five record, 1,700 participants are needed.
According to UCF News & Information, the arm was given to Alex free of cost to his family, and the team uploaded designs and instructions to the Internet for others to use and replicate. Families from more than 25 countries have reached out to Limbitless Solutions for help with bionic arms.
"It's all about changing the world," said Manero in a press release. "We want to be able to give a limb to every child who needs it and empower others to be a part of the effort."
The current record holder for the longest high-five chain was achieved by the United Way of the Wabash Valley at Indiana State University's Hulman Center in September 2014. The chain consisted of 1,647 participants, according to the Guinness World Record site.
The high-five chain is part of The Collective Project, a campaign sponsored by Microsoft OneNote that aims to spotlight and support students making positive impacts on their communities. The week-long campaign on campus will offer students the opportunity to volunteer to help build more bionic arms for children.
The #CollectiveProject Campaign:
Microsoft Build-A-Thon: Assemble mechancial hands for children who need them
When: 9 a.m. to noon
Where: UCF Maker Spaces in the Engineering II atrium
Design-A-Thon: Share design ideas for Limbitless Solutions
When: 9 a.m. to noon
Where: Engineering II
High-Five Chain: Participate in an effort to break world high-five record
When: Noon to 2 p.m.
Where: Memory Mall
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