RISE Students and Families Have Made and Distributed 1,000 Free Face Shields
Lakeland Christian School’s Team 7719 RISE Robotics students and parents built a community coalition called the Lakeland-Area Maker Network to make and distribute 3D printed face shields. They have shared nearly 1,000 face shields at no cost to hospitals, doctor’s offices, nursing homes, law enforcement, community medical clinics, and families with an immunocompromised family member.
Face shields are useful to deter COVID-19 transmission.
LCS students Brody Haynes, Connor McLoughlin, and Lily Sirianni can now produce up to 220 shields per week using six 3D printers located in their homes, coordinated by Team 7719 RISE robotics coach Darise McLoughlin. Community makers also contribute 3D printed face shield frames to the joint effort.
While maintaining social distance, frames are picked up and delivered to finishing teams. Mother-daughter teams Lisa Molinari and Lauren Nonnenmocher, Sophie and Amanda Drost, and Michelle Kaye and Faye Zelonky add clear front and top shields and a closing mechanism. The face shields are then delivered to those individuals and organizations who have requested them.
Each shield takes about 2.5 hours to make and costs just under $4 in materials. The project is being funded by the makers, donations and by the RISE Institute’s annual poinsettia sale.
Face shields have been donated a number of organizations, including:
- Lakeland Regional Health
- Lakeland Health Dept. WIC
- Bartow Hospital ER
- Lakeland/Bartow Health Departments – Nurses, Lab Techs
- LRH MRI Department
- ER- LRH
- MICU – LRH
- Pediatric Associates of Lakeland– Dr. Dotty Ray
- Dr. John Aime Pediatrics
- LRH Speech Pathology
- Bartow Memorial
- Opis Highlands Lake Center
- Florida Presbyterian Homes
- Lake Gibson Village Nursing Home
- Grace Manor
- Lakeland Volunteers in Medicine
- Talbot House Ministries Free Medical Clinic
- Watson Clinic Anesthesiology
- and others
Request face shields here:
Community makers include Sarah Armes, Mike Block, and Brian Fee. Teachers Rick Runion and Jeff Luty from Rochelle School of the Arts and Michael Schweim from McKeel Academy have also contributed 3D printed face shield frames to the effort.
Do you have access to a 3D printer and want to help? Join the Lakeland-Area Maker Network as a 3D printer here: