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Student Entrepreneurs Use 3D Printers to Support Local Heroes

Updated: Apr 12, 2021

Schools around the country have closed to protect students and communities amidst COVID-19. Consequently, thousands of students from the EdCorps Community are at home – often leaving their thriving businesses back in their classrooms. But some classes are finding ways to continue on – running their businesses and supporting their communities during this uncertain time.

Elm Street Enterprises – Rome, Georgia

The students behind Elm Street Enterprises – a family of student-run businesses from Elm Street Elementary – are using their 3D printers to print face shields and mask extenders for local medical professionals. With four printers running, students and teachers can make 30 face shields a day from home, which are being donated to Floyd Medical Center in Rome, Georgia. See Melanie Arrington, Media Specialist and STEM Coordinator from Elm Street Elementary, share more here.

Learn more about the businesses at Elm Street Enterprises here.

Hargus Creek Designs - Waynesburg, PA

Within 24 hours, an idea shared via email turned into an initiative to use a student-run business’ 3D printers to create needed supplies for front line workers. The team behind Hargus Creek Designs, an EdCorp run by business students at West Green High School, are printing face shields and mask extenders, which they are distributing to local health professionals and law enforcement. In addition to printing up to 8 shields an hour, students are also using profits from the school year to support some of the sanitation, storage, and production costs for the project.

Read the article from the Observer-Reporter here.

Learn more about the businesses at Hargus Creek Designs here.

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