Hospital Face Shield Shortage Solved at SBS

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and shortage of materials hospitals are facing, a group of high school students and faculty at SBS have come up with a solution that can be produced in the STEM Lab and, soon, across the country—protective face shields at a fraction of the originally expected time and cost.

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In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and shortage of materials hospitals are facing, a group of high school students and faculty at SBS have come up with a solution that can be produced in the STEM Lab and, soon, across the country—protective face shields at a fraction of the originally expected time and cost.

Stony Brook University Hospital recently reached out to the surrounding community to secure usage of 3D printers to produce face shields. The hospital, whose design would take approximately three and a half hours per shield, sought to commision 5,000 shields per usable printer. When SBS was alerted of this, STEM faculty Stan Winston and Jeremy Donovan thought they could come up with a much more efficient solution with the help of their highly-skilled students.

In a little over 24 hours, Mr. Winston had presented the idea to his classes—in virtual classrooms since the outbreak of the pandemic—and a prototype was made. After three major roadblocks were overcome by the students,  a final solution was found. In lieu of a time-intensive 3D print, a face shield constructed with the STEM Lab’s laser cutter could be made in just 35 seconds. With the new design and process, about 100 can be made each hour at a cost of under 50 cents each, and the school will be producing at least 5,000 of them for SBU Hospital.

Students instrumental in coming up with this solution were Stony Brook School sophomores Cole Spier and Tiger Winston, and junior Ethan Magnuson.

“Our students are committed to serving the world with their character and leadership,”  said Stan Winston, Director of STEM Education at SBS. “With their years of problem-solving experience in our STEM courses, along with a huge community effort, we have reached a great solution to a pressing issue facing our country today.”

Stony Brook University Hospital has accepted the school’s design and proposal with gratitude. Stony Brook University will be releasing the design for widespread usage to help stop the spread of this global pandemic.
 
We are so proud of our community's outstanding work and their dedication to truly being the hands and feet of Jesus! 

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