“I use it to print out things like fossil replicas that the students can use for different lab exercises,” says Beverly Owens, an eighth grade science teacher at Kings Mountain Middle School. At the start of the pandemic, she pulled down designs from the MakerBot design-sharing platform Thingiverse, and has since printed more than 400 pieces of PPE.
“I’ve always felt that if you have the ability, then you have the responsibility,” she says. “I have these machines, I have the capability, and I am happy to do whatever I can to help.”
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Schools Leverage Tech to Serve Broader Community
That spirit of responsibility had educators making creative use of their additive-manufacturing capabilities even before the coronavirus pandemic, putting their technology resources to use in support of community needs.