PDS Service Learning: Helping Those on Front Lines of COVID-19

STEAM-based Innovations Help Create Protective Equipment for Medical Workers

US computer science teacher Theodor Brasoveanu and several students have worked with the School's Service Learning team to create an opportunity for the Princeton Day School community to help medical professionals in our local hospitals stay healthy and be well equipped to protect themselves and others.

At the end of March 2020, a group of PDS community members started making and delivering face shields for the medical staff at Princeton Hospital, who desperately need personal protective equipment (PPE) to treat the increasing number of COVID-19 patients. 

Several Upper School students, including Caden Bialow '23, Wesley Chen '23, Joe Hudicka '20 and Oliver Hall '23, joined by alumnus Jon Haddad '05, are using their home 3D printers for making visors. Faculty and staff members from all divisions are helping with assembly and logistics: Alana Allen, Theodor Brasoveanu, Wenting Chen and Ann Robideaux in the Upper School, Cloey Talotta and Jesse Neuman in the Middle School, Julia Beckmann and Caroline Hare in the Lower School. Others have generously offered to donate funds in support of this project.

The School has put out a call across our diverse and talented School community for everyone who is willing and able to get involved in whatever capacity they can. Here are ways in which PDS community members are able to participate:

1) Volunteer your home 3D printer for making visors. Companies or organizations that you are affiliated with can also provide equipment or working space.  

2) Join our team to assemble the face shields. We’ll provide you with the 3D printed parts and the rest of the supplies you will need to put together the shields at home. We use both the Cornell University face shield model and Columbia University's face shield model. Both of them have been reviewed by the National Institute of Health and tested by several hospitals around the country.

3) Help us with logistics such as procuring materials and delivering shields, or donate for this cause. We coordinate ordering supplies based on a list of suggested materials.

4) Spread the word and help us connect with other local hospitals, medical professionals and first responders in need of protective equipment.

5) You can also sew face masks or build face shields from simple materials, in the comfort of your home! Here are some community resources:

Princeton Arts Council's Sew Many Masks

Mercer Mask Project

DIY model for face shields used at Princeton University

If you want to join this effort, please reach out to Theodor Brasoveanu, Upper School Computer Science teacher (for manufacturing face shields) or Dr. Elizabeth Monroe, Upper School Dean of Students (for sewing face masks).

 

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