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 produce 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 – all of which have been donated to Floyd Medical Center in Rome, Georgia. See Melanie Arrington, Media Specialist and STEM Coordinator from Elm Street Elementary,  share more below.

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.

TJ3D – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

TJ3D has joined a national effort (organized by Matterhackers) to 3D print and supply protective devices in the Pittsburgh region. Each face shield costs $1 to print and ship – allowing students to print needed face shields during time of shortage.  Collectively, Matterhackers and their partners have organized the production and distribution of over 17,000 face shields and counting. 

TJ3D teachers and members are running 3D printers non-stop to produce as many frames for face shields as possible. You  can help by donating at TJ3D.com in increments of $10, $25, and $50.  The fundraising effort will allow students to print shields for those most in need and will continue through April 28th. Students aim to print 1000 masks, and any additional funds raised will support local Covid-19 relief efforts in the Pittsburgh area.  

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