Prep Student Uses 3D Printer to Aid Healthcare Workers

Sandia Prep student Parker Willis '21 is among a group of robotics students contributing their skills and equipment to create much-needed personal protective equipment for healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Parker is among some 20 members of Be Greater Than Average robotics team -- a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math program -- using 3D printers they built themselves to make protective face masks.
Parker was featured in a KRQE story on the project. She says she has three 3D printers running non-stop, creating head pieces. Transparency sheets are attached to the head pieces, and medical workers can then wear the masks.
The students are hoping to continue churning out enough masks for the community, but they need donations. "We need people donating transparency sheets and/or money to buy the filament, the materials to make these masks," Willis said. The project also needs volunteers to help assemble and deliver the masks.
"This is a real example of how they are using their own skills, using things they have learned, teaming up together," said Dr. Shelly Gruenig, CEO of Be Greater Than Average. "Not only are they a championship robotics team, but they are championship young people."
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