When his father came back from Iraq wounded, his life was never the same again. And over the years, the now-teenage boy always wanted to help his father heal from the tragic injury, which resulted in an amputation. His father was injured in 2003 from an RPG attack. St. Louise high school student Robbie Frei never gave up on his dream of giving back to his father who had done so much for him throughout his life – and even put his life on the line to serve America in the Iraq war.
So Robbie got to work designing a new arm for his father. Because he learned hard-skills in school, he was able to put that knowledge to the test and develop an arm for his wounded father and create it with a 3D printer.
Frei loves robotics and plans to go to college and study the subject more. And he built the prosthetic robot arm for his dad in just under three months – an accomplishment that deserves to be praised.
This is not the first time Frei has helped his dad with his robotics skills. His first project was to build him an arm adapter so he could play Nintendo Switch with his father.
“When my dad was injured in the Marines, he wasn’t able to play video games with us for about ten years, and after I created that 3D printed adapter he was able to play with us full speed,” Frei said.
Then Frei got creative. He created a customer scanned prosthetic. He scanned his father’s remaining hand and then mirrored it using computer software so it could go on his body. And now Robbie’s dad can play ball with the robot arm.
While this accomplishment is spectacular, Robbie Frei is known for his skills in the field. And his teachers regularly recognize him as a rising star in robotics.
“He knows how to get projects done and comes up with amazing things,” said robotics advisor Derek Ward. “He’s been on the robotics team for six years now. So, just to watch him go from a seventh-grader to a 12th-grader, (I’m) not surprised he can pull something like this off.”
Frei has been recognized as a National Merit finalist. And he loves math. He credits his genius abilities to his passion for taking on a challenge and searching for the solution despite any obstacles.
“As soon as I start to test different alternatives I start to narrow in on something,” Frei said. “It’s sort of more discovery than inventing, in a way.”
Readers on Fox News are impressed with this young man’s work.
“Thanks, Kid! You made us, as well as your Dad, proud!”
“Good job, son. You may take a different path in life, but no less heroic.”
“This is so awesome!! As a father myself and former Marine, this made me smile pretty big. I can only imagine how that man felt when his son handed him a new arm.”
What is your reaction to this boy’s talent?