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Three Texas high-school students teamed up to create a prosthetic hand for a 2-year-old boy in their community, KVUE-TV reports.

Zaxton Waters was born with a pinky and thumb on his left hand, but is missing the three middle fingers.

Zaxton's older brother, Christian, contacted his former Leander High School robotics teacher, Herb Wasson and asked if he could create a hand based on a pre-made design he had found. But there was a problem.

"It was an adult-sized hand," Wasson said.

To make a design in Zaxton's size, Wasson enlisted help from three of his current students, James Bell, Lexi Wilson and Jacob Ostrander, according to KVUE.

The three students started in December and dedicated many hours outside of class to the design. The result: Zaxton can still use his own pinky and thumb, and also now pick up a variety of objects. It's the hand's fifth version, and the team continues to make improvements.

The project wasn't for school credit, but the three students won the SkillsUSA State Competition and are headed to Nationals in June. They need financial help to compete and are raising money online.

The students said that whether or not they win, their goal is making Zaxton happy.

"Knowing that I could help Zaxton have a better, happier life is really, really important to me," Bell said.

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