Duchesne Academy is using technology traditionally reserved for teaching to make personal protective equipment for healthcare professionals.

Mr. Bruce Moore, I.T. Department Chair and STEAM Integration Specialist, has spent days in the school’s DREAM Lab using the 3D printer to make ear protectors which help prevent chafing when wearing a surgical mask for a long time; they also extend the life of the mask’s elastic straps. The first batch of equipment will be donated to Methodist Health Systems and then other hospitals in Omaha, based on need and availability.

Moore is also experimenting with a design for a reusable mask and plans to distribute them when the product finalized.

This effort comes after Duchesne donated its goggles from chemistry labs to local doctors and nurses.

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