NWSA Joins Effort to Support Charlotte MEDI

We are so happy for some good news to share and this is truly amazing! Our school's tech gurus have found a way to help save lives during this critical time of need by making face shields to protect healthcare workers. Please help spread this news far and wide. Northwest School of the Arts has absolutely the best team of teachers and administrators with the biggest hearts!

It all started when CMS Media Services team reached out to the district’s Media Specialists in support of our hospitals. “There is a need among our local hospitals that our team is poised to support. They have plenty of plastic face shields, but there is a severe shortage of the brackets that hold the shields in place…” In support of the #MillionMaskChallenge, a group of makers in Charlotte got together with students to form Charlotte MEDI [Medical Emergency Device Innovation] with the hope of producing face shields for health care workers in the Charlotte community.

Northwest School of the Arts (NWSA) Media Specialist Elizabeth Slater, and Logan Canipe, Technical Theater teacher at NWSA quickly formulated a plan to put the school’s 3D printers to great use. “When Logan and Elizabeth approached me to use the school’s 3D printers and supplies, I immediately said do what it takes,” said NWSA Principal Melody Sears. Logan and NWSA Arts Director Donald Nagel then raided the media center and visual arts classrooms in search of filament needed for the 3D process. Thanks to generous support of NWSA PTO, Theater and Visual Arts Boosters, Logan had enough filament to start running four 3D printers from his home around the clock, producing nine shield components daily.

Medical facilities in the United States are facing a dire shortage of face shields, N95 masks, and other personal protective equipment, as States literally bid against each other to procure the nation’s dwindling supply. Face shields aren’t perfect, and they aren’t a replacement for a proper N95 mask, but they act as a physical barrier that can protect health care workers’ faces from external fluids. While conventional manufacturers scramble to ramp up production, independent 3D printers around the world are stepping up to meet the demand, creating an international network of DIY manufacturing.

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