Santa Catalina School has joined schools and maker spaces all over Monterey County to create face shields for essential workers in the community during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The coalition is producing personal protective equipment (PPE) for police and fire departments, hospitals, clinics, grocery stores, homeless services, the post office, and more. Using 3D printers, the group is fulfilling orders for 1,000 face shields every week.
Santa Catalina is printing headbands for the shields, with the goal of producing up to 40 headbands per week. Two 3D printers—one from the Lower and Middle School and one from the Upper School—are churning out the parts in the Sister Claire and Sister Christine Mathematics and Science Center (C2). Ian Partlow '19 LS, currently a student at York School, is doing much of the leg work, setting the printers, managing filament, and removing and packaging printed parts. Once the parts are printed, they are sent to Brandon Naylor, the robotics team's mentor from the Naval Postgraduate School, who is sanitizing and assembling the shields from his lab.
"It has been inspiring to be included in the efforts of so many engineers and makers, including high schoolers from the Peninsula," said math and computer science teacher Amy Azevedo Mulgrew '02. "We were so excited to have 3D printers on campus, but we never imagined they could contribute to such a meaningful movement in public health." The Lower and Middle School received its printer thanks to donations from the Pierre and Nantz families, while the Lostak-Baker family donated the Upper School printer.
Naylor said the effort has been so successful that the coalition may increase the number of shields produced each week. He said the group is in need of 20- to 40-milimeter thick PETG clear plastic sheets to cut up for the main part of the shield. To make a material donation, call 317.755.7987.
To make a monetary donation, visit pgsteam.org.